Bengal is 100% electrified

State-owned power distribution utility WBSEDCL has won awards for rural electrification and innovation in energy storage at the IPPAI Power Awards 2017 held in Bengaluru recently. Independent Power Producers Association is an independent body that provides a neutral platform for discussion and examination of issues critical to the development of private power sector.

The first award that WBSEDCL has won is for `Utility electrification of unelectrified households'. According to WBSEDCL, by September, it has managed to provide power to all villages and households in West Bengal. Around 14 remote villages in the Sunderbans that did not have power were finally electrified in August end. “Now, 1.43 crore households in 76,000 villages have power,“ an WBSEDCL official said. The utility has 1.78 crore customers.

The second award `Innovation in Energy Storage: Energy Storage through Hydro' was won on the basis of the 900 MW Purulia Pump Storage Project in which water is lifted during the day using surplus grid power and used to generate power during the evening to meet the shortfall. Another 1,000 MW pump storage project is under way at nearby Turga Nullah. The Central Electricity Authority has given its nod to the Rs.4,800.98 crore project.

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