City’s power demand peaks as mercury inches upward

The summer,according to the meteorological department,is cooler this year,but the power demand in the Capital has already started peaking.

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2012 1:01 am

The summer,according to the meteorological department,is cooler this year,but the power demand in the Capital has already started peaking.

On Thursday,the demand in the city stood at 4,633 MW,5 per cent more than the corresponding figure of 4,423 MW last year.

Records show that Delhi’s power demand has been increasing by 8-10 per cent every year and the increase is marked,especially during summer months.

Discoms in the city recorded the year’s highest power demands on Thursday — BSES Yamuna at 1,237 MW,BSES Rajdhani at 1,840 MW and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited at 1,310 MW.

The city’s power demand had touched an all-time high of 5,028 MW in August last year. This year too,the power demand is slowly inching up but is yet to cross last year’s high.

In East and Central Delhi,— serviced by BSES Yamuna — the power demand in May has surpassed all previous records. The demand in these areas touched an all-time high of 1,237 MW,surpassing its earlier high of 1,195 MW,recorded in August 2011.

Ramesh Narayanan,CEO of BSES Yamuna,said: “There is no load-shedding in our area. This,coupled with the increased development activity in East Delhi,is the reason why power demand is rising. Though the company is geared to ensure adequate power through summer,we hope consumers will try and conserve electricity as,unlike Delhi,large parts of the country are facing a power crunch. It takes almost 1 kg of coal to produce a unit of power,which also has an adverse impact on the environment.”

“The peak power demand in our area was 1,195 MW last summer. This is expected to be around 1,350 MW this year. We have also bought 1,450 MW of power through a power-banking arrangement with other states to ensure unhindered supply,” he said.

North Delhi consumed 1,310 MW of power on Thursday,up from 1,150 MW recorded on the same day last year. On Friday evening, power consumption in the area had already crossed 1,291 MW.

According to the Electrical Power Survey of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA),Delhi’s power demand is likely to touch 8,729 MW by 2016. This summer,the demand is likely to touch 5,400 MW.

Discoms said the power demand forecast has helped in making back-up arrangements for additional demand. According to official estimates,the Capital enjoys the highest per capita power consumption at 1,651 units per annum. This is said to be double the national average.

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