Punjab government in its bid to develop each part of the state, took the step towards providing 24 hours electricity supply in every district of the state. From being power deficit with 6,201 MW production till 2007 to becoming power surplus with installed capacity of nearly 13,500 MW against the power consumption of 11,500 MW (peak load), Punjab state electricity board has grown in large numbers since the SAD-BJP led government came to power. Being the state that has always tried to provide subsidies to those who have been in the need of it. Be it farmers or the poor BPL residents of the state.
Taking the complete reins in hand in 2007, Punjab government had decided to give away 200 units of free electricity for domestic consumption every month to SC and BPL households.
The connection of electricity in the state before the government led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal came up there were less than 6800000 connections and in the year 2015-16the total connections in the state have been recorded at 8329976. Of these 6974504 are connections in general households. Considerable increase in the connections in poor households has been seen in the past few years. This has been due to the allocation of the free 2000 units of power per month.
The energy growth of the state has also seen a rise in the past few years. In the year 2015-16 according to state electricity board stats 46034.90 net energy units of power were generated.
The government of Punjab is not just working for the welfare of the residents in the villages and cities under Punjab state but even for the people living in the far flung areas of the state. To do away with the problems of the people living near the border and sub-mountainous kandi areas the Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal made it a point to provide electricity to these areas.
Punjab has made massive investment of Rs 4500 crores towards transmission and Distribution system is also sufficiently augmented to cater to the requirements of all sections of consumers. it has been proved to be a stepping stone towards development. Punjab government in this effort of theirs of providing uninterrupted electricity to the Dhanis which have had the problem of erratic supply of electricity, has made their intention of developing each corner of the state bold.
The achievements of the state, in terms of power distribution, transmission, generation and investment are fathomless. However, the milestone achievements as mentioned by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) are that all the power stations have been operating at their best ever plant load factor since installation, in order to provide support to SC & BPL consumers, free monthly consumption up to 200 units was allowed for connected load of 1000 watts w.e.f. 12th October 2006 instead of earlier 500 watts and replacing the conventional techniques from new electronic meters, remote control of transformers, remote meter reading and HVDS system for AP or Industries.
State has also focused on production of solar power making it a huge phenomenon. The government is also giving a major push to Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Power Projects. Over 100,000 square meters of area is available on government buildings for the purpose.
This benefit is being availed by nearly 18 Lakh families as of now in the state. The subsidy by the government in the state has played a key role in helping the SC and BPL families. Now that Punjab has been producing more units of energy to distribute providing 200 free units of powers works in everyone’s interest the major thing to take note being that the government has maintained its Pro poor stand and acted in their favor.
The power scenario in Punjab has proven to bring a revolution in the country. Power cannot be seen as any other commodity it cannot be stored. The demand also keeps varying, depending on the usage. Especially in Punjab, the fluctuations in demand are huge with 8000 MW being the agriculture load. the demand in the domestic sector is quite low due to weather conditions and agricultural load is also minimal. Further making our state a boon for power surplus.