Industrial and commercial demand for electricity in the country is improving.
Electricity consumption in the country increased by about 45 per cent to 60.62 billion units (Billion Units) in the first fortnight of April compared to the same period last year.
This shows that the industrial and commercial demand for electricity in the country is improving. During the first fortnight of April last year (April 1 to 15, 2020), electricity consumption stood at 41.91 billion units. During the first fortnight of April, the peak electricity demand (highest supply in a day) during the first fortnight was much higher than 132.20 GW in the same period last year.
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One day demand 182 GWIn the first fortnight of the current month, on April 8, 2021, the demand for peak hour electricity reached a high of 182.55 GW. This is 38 percent more than the 132.20 GW recorded in the entire month of April last year.
Demand decreased in April last year
In April last year, electricity demand had come down to 84.55 billion units as compared to 110.11 billion units in the same month of 2019. The main reason for this was the lockdown imposed in the last week of March due to Corona virus. Along with this, in April last year, the demand of electricity for busy time was reduced to 132.20 GW from 176.81 GW a year ago.
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Experts say that the high demand for electricity in the first fortnight of the current month is due to the lower base effect of the same period last year. However, this clearly indicates an improvement in industrial and commercial activities.
However, with this, experts warn that as demand for Kovid-19 infection increases, industrial and commercial activities are affected, power demand may decline in the coming days.