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Power demand in city surges to an all-time high

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published on:June 13, 2014 5:09 am

As the city sweltered Tuesday in what was the hottest June day in a hundred years, there was a spurt in the electricity usage across the city, with Mumbai’s demand for power touching an all-time-high.

On June 10, as the maximum temperature reached 38 degrees Celsius at Santacruz, Mumbai recorded a peak power demand of 3,365 megawatts at 3.45 pm, according to data from the State Load Dispatch Centre records.

Most of the demand-nearly 53 per cent of the peak demand of 3,365 megawatts-came from the suburbs of Mumbai. Private firm Reliance Energy distributes electricity to Mumbai’s suburbs, while the island city is served by the  BEST  undertaking.

The suburbs recorded a peak demand of 1,771 megawatts on Tuesday, a Reliance Energy official said, adding that the peak power demand could be successfully met due to a strong transmission and distribution network.

A spokesperson for BEST also said the organisation is efficiently able to cater to the power demand.

The all-time-high power demand of 3,365 megawatts was five per cent more than the peak electricity demand in Mumbai last year.

On Tuesday, the maximum temperature at Santacruz was 5.4 degrees above normal, caused by the lack of moisture and change in wind pattern. Similarly, maximum temperature at Colaba was 34 degrees Celsius, 1.5 degrees above normal. The minimum temperatures on Tuesday were also above normal. While the minimum temperature recorded at Santacruz was 29.8 degrees Celsius, 3.2 degrees above normal, the temperature recorded at Colaba was 28.4 degrees and 1.9 degrees above normal.

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