Facing severe power shortage, the government of Andhra Pradesh has urged the central government to allocate 500 MW from the central pool to tide over the crisis. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, on 22 August, stated that the government has also appealed for supply of power from the Kudankulam Atomic Power Project in Tamil Nadu. The gap between electricity demand and supply in the state has mounted to 67 million units (MUs) per day, forcing authorities to impose long power cuts.
The chief minister attributed the unprecedented crisis to the increasing demand coupled with the fall in generation in hydel, thermal and gas-based power projects. The generation has come down by 48 MUs compared to 2011. Generation in hydel units has come down by 28 MUs due to low water levels following poor monsoon this year. Mr Reddy informed that the government was spending Rs. 14 crore daily to buy 124 MUs from outside the state.