Delhi’s Peak Power Demand Clocks Record 7241 MW

Delhi’s electricity demand touched an all-time high of 7241 MW on July 1, 2019, the highest peak power demand recorded in any Indian city.

Delhi's Peak Power 7241 MW

Delhi’s electricity demand touched an all-time high of 7241 megawatts (MW) on July 1, 2019, at 3:29 pm, the highest peak power demand recorded in any Indian city.

“Delhi’s peak power demand clocked an all-time high of 7241 MW, today. BRPL and BYPL also successfully met all-time high peak power demands of 3132 MW and 1629 MW in their respective areas. Incidentally, today is the Raising Day of Delhi discoms,” BSES Delhi issued in a tweet.

This year’s stats broke the previous record of 7016 MW recorded on July 10, 2018, and according to electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs), the electricity consumption is expected to go up to 7400 MW in the ongoing summer season. 

BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL), however, were able to successfully meet the all-time high peak power demand. Along with them, Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) was also able to meet the demand of 2,014 MW in its areas of supply. 

Delhi’s peak power demand first crossed the 6000 MW barrier in 2016 (6216 MW on July 1, 2016) while in this year, the demand crossed the mark on 24 days.

The capitals peak power demand is more than thrice of that of Kolkata and is also more than the power demand of both the other two metropolitans of Mumbai and Chennai put together.

Running of air conditioners, coolers and fans is the main reason behind the increase in power demand in the national capital, according to experts.

BSES and other companies have invested heavily over the years to build the necessary infrastructure for providing electricity to consumers around the city with minimal losses of power. 

Recently, we reported that in a written response, Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R K Singh informed the Parliament that India will add 131.31 GW of power generation capacity from 2019 to 2022.  “Based on the present preparedness of projects, the likely power generation capacity addition from 2019 to 2022 is likely to be 1,31,316 MW,” Singh wrote in his response to the Rajya Sabha.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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