Peak power demand up 12% to 198.47 GW, could surpass 200 GW in April


Peak electricity demand met, or highest single-day supply, rose 12 percent year-on-year to 198.47 GW on April 1, showing the impact of the early start of summer and the improvement in commercial and industrial consumption following the easing of lockdown restrictions states.

According to the Department of Energy, the peak electricity demand met as of April 1, 2021 was 177.20 GW.

The data shows that throughout the month of April 2021, the peak electricity demand was 182.37 GW. In April 2020, it was 132.73 GW, slightly down from 176.81 GW in April 2019.

Experts believe that the quantum leap in peak electricity demand met shows a rebound in economic activity driven by rising commercial and industrial electricity demand, especially after states eased lockdown restrictions to curb coronavirus infections.

They also stated that the early start of summer, alongside the surge in economic activity, has increased the demand for electricity too much as people, particularly in the northern part of the country, have started using desert coolers and air conditioners to combat the scorching heat especially day to defeat during the summer.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday that there would be no heat break in the coming months.

North-west and central India and parts of the north-east are expected to experience above-average high temperatures in April, the weather department had said.

Electricity demand in April 2020 was mainly affected by lockdown restrictions imposed amid rising coronavirus infections in the country.

The central government imposed a lockdown on March 25, 2020. In April 2021, the deadly second wave hit the country, triggering renewed lockdown restrictions by states. This had affected electricity demand in the country.

Experts say peak power demand of 198.47 GW on April 1, 2022 contrasts with 176.81 GW in April 2019, showing that power demand is now well above pre-pandemic levels.

They believe that unless economic activity is disrupted by lockdown restrictions imposed by states amid another wave of the pandemic, the electricity demand met could take a sizeable leap and remain well above the 200GW level.

The peak electricity demand met, or highest supply in a day, was a record 200.57 GW on July 7, 2021.

Last month, Energy Secretary RK Singh said peak electricity demand met could surpass 200GW as early as March.

However, it missed the target by a hair’s breadth, recording 199.29 GW last month.

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