India’s power demand surges to record high Wednesday

In what is being viewed as an indication of much-awaited economic recovery, India’ electricity demand surged to an all-time high of 185.82 gigawatts (GW) early Wednesday.

The previous record of 182.88 GW was registered on 30 December. This assumes significance as the Indian economy has been battered by pandemic-induced disruptions. Energy consumption, especially that of electricity and refinery products, is typically linked to overall demand in the economy.

“Power demand continues to surge. Yet another record – all India demand : 185.82 GW ie 185, 822 MW at 09:35hrs today ie 20/01/21. It has crossed previous all India demand of 182.89 GW ie 182, 888 MW on 30th December, 20,” Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, secretary, power ministry, said in a tweet.

India has an installed power-generation capacity of 373.43GW. The country’s peak electricity demand fell after commercial and industrial power demand took a hit as factories shut down during the lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of the pandemic. However, domestic consumption, which generates comparatively lower tariffs, had risen.

Of the total electricity demand load pattern, industrial and agricultural consumption accounts for 41.16% and 17.69%, respectively. Commercial electricity consumption accounts for 8.24% of demand.

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