The 21-day Covid-19 lockdown has significantly reduced power consumption. After the shutdown of industries and factories, Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (DVVNL) has recorded an average of 29 per cent fall in the power consumption. Before the lockdown, the average consumption of power was 92.57 million units per day.
State government-owned discom, DVVNL, looks after power supply in 21 districts of UP. In these districts, the discom has a total of 53.40 lakh household and commercial connections. Out of these 41 lakh are rural consumers and 11 lakh are urban.
Following the lockdown, the discom has recorded 29 per cent decrease in average power consumption every day. From 92.57 million units, it has reduced to 65.63 million per day.
According to data by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), in the 75 districts of UP, the power consumption has reduced from 24,300 megawatts to 13,400 megawatts.
On Monday, DVVNL staff officer SK Baghel said, “Since the Janata curfew called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 22, the power consumption has significantly decreased. Industries, factories and business are closed due to the lockdown now.
The overall power consumption per day in the areas under the jurisdiction of DVVNL has reduced by 26.44 million units.”