Power outage to go down by 2 hrs

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    KATHMANDU: Load Dispatch Centre of the Nepal Electricity Authority today said the current daily load shedding hours will go down by two hours with effect from Sunday.

    With the onset of the summer, the snow-capped mountains are melting and the snow-fed rivers are increasing the water recharge in the rivers which have led to the reduce in power outage, the government body said. LDC chief Bhuwan Kumar Chhetri said the new load-shedding schedule will be released on Saturday.

    He said the authority made the decision after observing energy surplus for the last five days. “The temporary transformers installed at Kulekhani II will generate additional 10 MW from Sunday giving some relief to the public,” said Chhetri.

    Source : The Himalayan Times

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    NEA moots reducing daily power cuts by 2hrs

    KATHMANDU, MAY 03 – Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the state-owned power utility, is working to reduce the daily load shedding from the existing ten hours to eight on average from early next week.

    The increase in water level in the rivers feeding major hydropower projects and uninterrupted power supply from India have contributed to the reduction in power cuts. Electricity consumers in the Kathmandu valley have even reported reduced power outages than the scheduled 10-hour a day in the past few days.

    Currently, the country’s peak power demand stands around 1,000 megawatt, while the supply remains  around 580 megawatt which includes 170 megawatt of electricity imported from India, according to Bhuwan Chettri, chief of the Load Dispatch Centre at NEA. “Though it is early to say whether the rise in water level is permanent for this season, the new schedule with reduced load shedding hours will be announced officially next week,” he said.

    With the onset of summer, the load shedding hours are expected to drop in the coming days from the mid of May in the country. However, with no major hydropower projects in the pipeline, electricity consumers across the country are unlikely to get respite from power shortage, particularly during winter at least for the next five years.

    Source : The Kathmandu