Power Demand in Delhi Peaked on Most Days of January 

Electricity demand in Delhi is picking with January registering 19 percent more peaks on 23 days than that in the last year, according to BSES

Electricity demand in Delhi is picking up in the new year with January registering 19 percent more peaks on 23 days than that in the last year, according to officials from the capital’s power distribution companies of BSES. 

The capital’s peak power demand was 3,504 MW (megawatt) on December 1, 2020. Since then, it has increased by over 50 percent, according to a BSES spokesperson. “In January 2021, Delhi’s peak power demand on 23 days surpassed the peak power demand on corresponding days of January 2020 by up to 19 percent,” PTI quoted the BSES spokesperson.

However, contrary to the day by day trend on peak demand, the capital’s peak power demand in January 2021 was recorded at 5,265 MW, which surprisingly was a shade less than the peak power demand of 5,343 MW in January 2020.

In the winters, Delhi’s peak power demand crossed 4,000 MW for the first time on December 16, 2020, and 5,000 MW on January 1, 2021, it was added. The trend was replicated in all the areas of BSES Discoms – BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL).

“The peak power demand in BRPL’s areas of South and West Delhi clocked its ‘winter high’ of 2,091 MW. Last year, it was 2,020 MW. On the other hand, in BYPL areas of East and Central Delhi, the peak power demand, which had clocked 1,165 MW last winter, was 1,107 MW this year,” the spokesperson added.

Ensuring reliable supply in any season is as much the function of proper power arrangements as also accurate demand forecast and robust distribution network. On all these aspects, BSES Discoms are “fully geared” to ensure adequate power availability in the coming months, he added.

Recently, Union Power Minister RK Singh has said that country’s energy consumption reached an all-time high of 1.89 million gigawatts in January and this is an indication that India’s economy is on a path of growth.

“In October 2020, the country’s energy consumption increased by 13 percent (1.86 lakh GW) over the previous year. In January this year, it reached an all-time high of 1.89 million GW. This is an indication that our economy is on a growth path,” said Singh, as part of the government’s effort to reach out to the masses regarding the Union Budget.

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