Delhi’s peak power demand soars to 6,499 MW amid sultry summer

Pushed by the sultry weather condition, Delhi’s peak power demand soared to 6,499 MW on Thursday afternoon, the highest so far this summer, discom officials said. The peak power demand of Delhi at 6,329 MW on Wednesday night, crossed last year’s peak demand of 6,314 MW, they said.

The real-time data of the State Load Dispatch Centre, Delhi, showed peak power demand of the national capital was 6,499 MW at 3.10 PM on Thursday.

Delhi’s peak power demand has increased by over 10 per cent in 48 hours and over 40 per cent from June 1 mainly under the influence of the unlocking of the city after the COVID-related lockdown and the humid weather, officials said.

The three discoms in Delhi – BRPL, BYPL and TPDDL – successfully met the peak power demand of 2,842 MW, 1,464 MW and 1,938 MW respectively, with the combined total demand peaking at 6,499 MW.

Because of the lockdown, Delhi’s peak power demand recorded last year (6,314 MW) on June 29, 2020, was lower than the all-time high peak power demand of 7,409 MW on July 2, 2019, they said.

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