The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has reached an arrangement with industries under which they will give them with electricity if they do not operate their businesses during peak energy consumption hours. To avoid wasting the energy produced during the monsoon season, the National Electricity Authority (NEA) has decided to provide electricity under the condition that it be prohibited from running during peak hours or when the distribution line is overloaded in order to increase energy consumption in a short period of time.
In a meeting on Thursday with industrialists from the Sunsari-Morang Industrial Corridor, NEA’s Managing Director Kulman Ghising urged them to request for additional load if necessary and to obtain power supply from the 132 KV transmission line, which is currently being built by the government. The industries have been supplied with electricity via a transmission line with voltages ranging from 11 to 33 kV. The rate for electricity delivered from 132 KV is less expensive than the tariffs for power supplied from 11 and 33 KV.
“The inability to supply the appropriate amount of power due to the nonavailability of transmission and distribution infrastructure has resulted in us wasting the electricity that has been generated in the country on the one hand, and wasting it on the other side. There are issues with line tripping and low voltage, among other things “Ghising shared his thoughts. “Adding additional equipment such as two transformers, poles, and cables will not be sufficient to resolve this problem. The work on strengthening the network of electricity transmission and distribution systems in the industrial corridor area, he explained, is progressing at a rapid pace.
According to the National Electricity Authority’s short-term plan, electricity will be provided to the industries that require it immediately by strengthening transmission and distribution lines and increasing capacity, as well as by completing the work on the projects currently under construction as soon as possible. Identifying possible locations for increased electricity consumption will be the first step in the long term plan toward the building of high-capacity transmission lines and substations for transmission and distribution of electricity.