Electricity in Coimbatore

With the rapidly rising industries, urbanization and rise in lifestyle of Coimbatore people, the demand for electricity is at its peak. Electricity in Coimbatore has been the backbone of all the growth that Coimbatore has seen at present and will experience in the future. Coimbatore is slowly shifting from the traditional way of generating electricity to the non-conventional and renewable, less polluting source of generating electricity. There has been a considerable rise in the production of electricity and the gap between the demand and supply of electricity has reduced.
Electricity power plant in Coimbatore

Generating Electricity

Electricity in Coimbatore is generated using these modes- generating electricity using wind power (Wind Mills), solar energy, bio-mass energy, hydro energy, and thermal energy.

Wind energy
Wind power generation takes places through wind mills strategically placed in locations where wind speed is high and continuous like sea shores. It is taken care by TANGEDCO(Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited) which is a public sector company owned by government of Tamil Nadu. Wind energy meets almost 30 percent of requirement of electricity and its peak season is from May to October.

Solar energy
Solar energy is the energy of future, Coimbatore knows it well, and that’s why many solar power plants are being set up aimed at reducing the conventional energy consumption by a minimum of 10 per cent at the end of five years. Some of them are like the first solar plant set up near Annur and another one near Kuppepalayam which is 25 km from Coimbatore city. It generates about 4,000 units of electricity every day. Initiative is taken by companies like Swelect Energy Systems, KGDS Renewable Energy Private Limited, TVZSTEC etc.

Bio-mass energy
Bio mass energy uses material derived from living or recently living plants or animals to generate energy.. Bio mass power plant has been set up in Pollachi with a capcity of 10MW, it utilizes the coconut fronds that are available in abundance in Coimbatore. Some of the companies in this field are Orient Green Power Company Limited (OGPL), Arrya Hi-tech energy, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency, Arasi Hitech Bio Power Pvt Ltd, Krone Carbon, Synthite Industrial Chemicals Ltd etc.

Hydro energy
Hydro energy means generating electricity through running water, stored in dams or natural falls or tides etc. Coimbatore is all set to get two small hydro power projects across the Bhavani. Coimbatore already has three small hydro plants functioning near Udumalpet, harnessing water released from the Amaravathy, Aliyar, and Thirumurthy dams. The two plants coming up near Mettupalayam will be grid-connected systems. The capacity of each plant will be 10 MW (2 x 5 MW).

Thermal energy
Thermal power plant uses heat to generate electricity. Fuels to create the heat are coal, natural gas, wood waste, and geo-thermal. Though coal is the most widely used fuel to create heat but certainly is not the preferred one. Slowly and steadily it will give way to other green and renewable sources of energy and Coimbatore is not far behind.

Consumption of Electricity in Coimbatore

With increase in urbanization and affordability levels, use of gadgets has also gone up in houses. The city has nearly four lakh domestic power connections. In Coimbatore, domestic power consumption has gone upto 10 percent. As per an estimate the total power consumption in Coimbatore is around 4000 million units per year, of which the maximum power is consumed in Industries which is of about 40 percent, followed by domestic sectors which is of around 30 percent, other sectors being Agriculture, Commercial, Public lighting etc. The production of electricity is around 3000 million units, so there is a gap in demand and supply which leads to power cuts and load shedding.

Electricity tariffs in Coimbatore

Electricity tariff in Coimbatore is calculated bi-monthly, below are some of the tariffs:

Domestic House Hold Consumption (Includes Handloom,Nutrition Centres etc)

Case 1 - If consumption is below 200 units per 2 months
Upto 100 Units - Rs. 1 per unit
101 to 200 units - Rs. 1.50 per unit
Additionally Fixed Charge of Rs. 20 needs to be paid for 2 months

Case 2 - If consumption is between 201 to 500 units per 2 months
Upto 200 units - Rs. 2 per unit
201 to 500 units - Rs. 3 per unit
Additionally Fixed Charge of Rs. 30 needs to be paid for 2 months

Case 3 - If you use above 500 units Rates are as follows
Upto 200 units - Rs. 3 per unit
201 to 500 units - Rs. 4 per unit
501 and above units - Rs. 5.75 per unit
Additionally Fixed Charge of Rs. 40 needs to be paid for 2 months

Public lighting, water supply, Sewer., Village panchayats/Town Panchayat, Municipality/ Corporations
Rs. 5.50 per unit

Commercial & others (including construction for residential buildings, cinema theatres, cinema studios etc)
Upto 100 units - Rs. 4.30 per unit
Above 100 units - Rs. 7 per unit
Additionally fixed charges of Rs. 120/KW needs to be paid for 2 months.

Private Educational Institutions & hostels
Rs. 5.50 per unit (for High Tension HT Connection)
Rs. 6.50 per unit (for Low Tension LT Connection)
Additionally fixed charges of Rs. 100/KW needs to be paid for 2 months

Govt and Aided Educational Institutions, Govt. Hospitals etc
Rs. 4.50 per unit (for High Tension HT Connection)
Rs. 5 per unit (for Low Tension LT Connection)
Additionally fixed charges of Rs. 100/KW needs to be paid for 2 months

Temporary activities such as construction of commercial complexes/residential building/complexes of more than 12 dewlling units, Lavish illuminations
Rs. 10.50 per unit
No Additional charges

Places of Public worship, Mutts
upto 120 units - Rs. 2.50 per unit
above 120 units - Rs. 5 per unit
Additionally fixed charges of Rs. 100/KW needs to be paid for 2 months

Temporary Connections
Rs. 9.50 per unit

Railway Colonies, Defence colonies etc
Rs. 4.00 per unit
Additionally fixed charges of Rs. 100 needs to be paid for 2 months

Cottage, Tiny Industries, (Upto 10HP)
Upto 500 units – Rs. 3.50 per unit
Above 500 units – Rs. 4.00 per unit
Additionally fixed charges of Rs. 30/KW needs to be paid for 2 months

Power Looms (upto 10 HP) incl. Winding etc
Upto 500 units – No charges
Above 500 units – Rs. 4.00 per unit
Additionally fixed charges of Rs. 100/KW needs to be paid for 2 months

Industries
Rs. 5.50 per unit
Additionally fixed charges of Rs. 60/KW needs to be paid for 2 months

For queries and complaints please contact:

Coimbatore electricity board
Fuse off call office- 0422 - 2397698 / 99
Electricity failure- 155333(toll free)
Annur, Coimbatore Ho, Coimbatore - 641001

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