Nighttime electricity becomes more expensive than daytime for the first time in Punjab, know why

In a meeting with Punjab CM, Powercom officials revealed that electricity obtained from external sources was cheaper during the day rather than night.

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In a first for Punjab, Powercom is receiving electricity from external sources, i.e. other states, at cheaper rates during the day rather than the night, as highlighted by power plant commander Baldev Singh in a meeting with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. The meeting's main talking point was the power department's record-breaking achievement of exceeding 16,000 MW in the state. However a startling fact came to light when a senior officer, with 32 years of experience in Punjab, noted that traditionally, discounts were offered for nighttime electricity usage. However, the current scenario has reversed. Typically, ample nighttime electricity supply allowed power plants to operate without concern. But now the trend has shifted.

One significant factor contributing to the reduced daytime electricity cost is the proliferation of solar power plants, which do not generate power at night, leading to higher nighttime electricity prices. The Punjab Energy Development Agency reports that the state boasts 1,310 MW of its own solar energy capacity, supplemented by an additional 767 MW. Furthermore, installing solar power plants in other states has resulted in cheaper daytime electricity availability due to the high daytime demand and generation caused by extreme heat. The cost of solar power has significantly decreased from Rs 17.91 per unit initially to Rs 2.63 per unit currently.

Farmers are now relieved from having to work during the night-

Farmers are reaping the rewards of reduced daytime electricity rates, particularly when it comes to paddy sowing. Previously, farmers had to contend with the inconvenience of accessing electricity for tubewells only at night. This meant staying awake and embarking on treacherous journeys through the darkness to operate the tubewells, often covering several kilometers. The added danger of nighttime travel, especially during the rainy season, presented significant challenges. However, the introduction of cheaper daytime electricity has alleviated these difficulties for the farmers, allowing them to express their contentment with the new arrangement.