Gujarat: Power demand drops during Diwali

The demand for power across the state declined with reduction in consumption of electricity by commercial, industrial and residential customers during the Diwali festivities.

The power demand in Gujarat stood at 13,448MW at 4:30pm on Thursday, November 19. The maximum electricity demand of 13,417MW was recorded on November 18. The demand was as high as 16,596MW on November 9, shows data compiled by Western Region Load Dispatch Centre (WRLDC), which is a central government entity.

After Diwali, power demand dipped to 11,357MW and 11,615MW on Sunday (November 15) and Monday (November 16) respectively. On the day of Diwali, the demand was at 12,616MW.

“Except agriculture, power demand from commercial, industrial and residential category consumers declined due to holidays,” said K K Bajaj, a city-based energy and regulatory expert.

“Overall, there was a reduction of around 5,000MW in demand during the Diwali festivities as offices, commercial establishments and several industrial units remained shut for a few days post Diwali,” he added.

With the resumption of activities from Labh Panchami on Thursday, the electricity consumption has begun increasing.

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