Heatwave Comes to the Rescue of Delhi’s Power Demand

Delhi’s peak power demand soared to the season’s highest of 5,268 MW on Sunday (May 24, 2020) night amid the prevailing heatwave conditions.

Delhi's Power Demand

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Delhi’s peak power demand soared to the season’s highest of 5,268 MW on Sunday (May 24, 2020) night amid the prevailing heatwave conditions, distribution company officials have said. At 5,268 MW past 11 pm on Sunday, the season’s peak demand pipped the 5,094-MW mark recorded on May 24, 2019, they said.

“This is the first time this month that Delhi’s peak power demand has crossed last year’s peak on any given day. Peak power demand in May 2019 was 6,461 MW, recorded on May 31,” they said.

Recently, the peak power demand in Delhi had reduced by up to 49 percent with C&I activities virtually at a standstill due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, Discoms and power department officials had said. According to official data, the peak power demand during the day has reduced by 40-50 percent, while the peak electricity demand during the night has reduced by around 20-30 percent.

The BSES Discoms, BRPL and BYPL, successfully met the peak power demand of 2,448 MW and 1,227 MW respectively on the day, said a BSES spokesperson. As reported by us earlier, Tata Power-DDL, which supplies to the areas of north and north-west Delhi, had also announced that it had met the peak demand of 1,493 MW in its distribution areas successfully.

“Soaring temperature and heatwave are the main reasons behind the spurt in demand. The peak demand in TPDDL areas is expected to touch 1,930 MW in the coming days,” said a spokesperson of the company. The Discom has made adequate arrangements of up to 2,500 MW of power to manage the growing demand, he added.

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

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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.