Continued decline in all-India power demand affecting thermal PLFs: Ind-Ra

The all-India energy demand decreased 14.9 per cent year-on-year to 102.7 billion units in May while energy supply also decreased 14.9 per cent, resulting in the energy deficit remaining at 0.5 per cent (May 2019).

The power demand declined amid the Covid-19 led lockdown on account of a decline in commercial and industrial demand from major manufacturing states like Maharashtra (down 11.3 per cent), Gujarat (down 13.5 per cent) and Tamil Nadu (down 15.1 per cent).

The decline in power demand narrowed in May (down 14.9 per cent, April: down 22.3 per cent) due to the gradual lifting of lockdown for certain economic activities, increase in domestic consumption with the peak summer season and increase in agricultural usage due to the onset of sowing season.

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