With this February turning out to be the warmest in 15 years, the higher than normal temperature has also led to a spike in power demand. The peak power demand of 4,486 MW this month was more than February 2020 (4,447 MW). In fact, the demand surpassed last February’s on 10 corresponding days by up to 10%.
Though summer won’t arrive so soon, it is likely that the demand could surpass that of 2020 and even the record-breaking peak power demand witnessed in the summer of 2019. However, the projections for this summer were yet to be finalised, sources said.
In the summer of 2019, peak power demand had reached 7,409 MW, an all-time high recorded on July 2. The Covid-19 outbreak did affect demand for power from non-residential users, but even then 6,214 MW was required amid relentless heat and humidity on June 19.
Power demand has been going up since mid-2020. In fact, since August 2020, the demand has been higher on 95 corresponding days vis-a-vis the previous year. The demand was higher on 6 days in August 2020, 14 days in September, 17 days in October, 15 days in November and 10 in December.
January 2021 witnessed 23 days when peak power demand was higher than the corresponding day last year.