Consumption of electricity across Gujarat has fallen with industrial units closing due to the state government mandated shutdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
Gujarat’s peak power demand has declined by around 4,600MW in the past week. Maximum power demand on Tuesday was at 11,800MW around noon. Demand was as high as 16,447MW at the same time last Tuesday.
Consumption of power has steadily declined for the past week. Peak power demand of 16,816 was registered in Gujarat on March 21, one day before the nationwide janatacurfew on March 22. With industrial units joining the pan-India shutdown on Sunday, demand dipped to 13,564 MW, shows data from the Western Region Load Dispatch Centre (WRLDC) operated by the Central government’s Power System Operation Corporation Ltd.
“Reduction in demand from industry has brought down the electricity consumption in the state. Thousands of industrial units are closed, resulting lower power consumption,” said an official of the State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC), which is responsible for operating the power system in Gujarat.
“The demand from agriculture and residential consumers has not been affected and there is no reduction in consumption by these two class of consumers,” the official added.