Power consumption in August: The power consumption in August last year was 109.21 billion units, which is lower than the figure of 111.52 billion units in August 2019.
28.08 billion units spent in August so far.
Electricity consumption in the country rose 9.3 per cent to 28.08 billion units (billion units) in the first week of August after states eased lockdown restrictions. This information has been received from the data of the Ministry of Power. The consumption of electricity during August 1 to 7, 2020 was 25.69 billion units. It was 25.18 billion units in August 1 to 7, 2019, before the pandemic.
Last year, the electricity consumption in the month of August was 109.21 billion units, which is less than the figure of 111.52 billion units in August of 2019. Experts say that there has been a steady improvement in the demand for electricity in the first week of August and after the easing of curbs by the states, the demand for electricity will increase at a faster pace in economic activities. He said that commercial and industrial demand will see further improvement in power demand and consumption in the coming days. Commercial and industrial demand for electricity was hit by curbs imposed by states from April this year.
Maximum supply 188.59 GW
In the first week of August, peak power demand or peak day power supply stood at 188.59 GW. This is 14 per cent more than the 165.42 GW recorded in the same period last year. The peak power demand for the entire month of August, 2020 was 167.52 GW. This is less than the figure of 177.52 GW in the same month of 2019.
Consumption up 12% in July
The country’s electricity consumption rose nearly 12 per cent to 125.51 billion units (BU) in July due to easing of curbs and delayed monsoon. This is almost equal to the pre-pandemic level. Electricity consumption in July 2020 was 112.14 billion units. This is only slightly less than the figure of 116.48 billion units before the pandemic i.e. July, 2019.
Delay in monsoon increased demand
Experts say that the main reason for the improvement in power demand in July is the delay in monsoon and the pick-up in economic activity after the relaxation of curbs by the states. He said that apart from the demand for electricity, consumption has also reached pre-Covid-19 (COVID-19) levels in July. It is expected to improve further in the coming months.
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