In contrast to the scenario of COVID -19 pandemic Delhi has been recorded with the increasing temperature this month. IMD has given alerts to people not to come out from their homes between 1-5p.m. Due to which the peak power demand of the city is expected to touch the record of high 7500 MW in the month of July.
Discom officials (companies of distributing electricity) said Delhi’s power demand may get higher from last year’s peak in July which was 7409 MW. They stated that this year’s peak power demand may get higher by July compared to last year’s peak power demand in July; though Delhi’s peak power demand for May is still lower than the peak power demand of last year.
After May 17 the peak power demand has been increasing. Power demand is the highest demand in a day, month, or a year. During the lockdown that started on March 23 in Delhi due to coronavirus, there was a reduction in the day power demand as commercial and industrial establishments were closed, “The closing down of commercial and industrial offices had led to around 70-90 percent reduction of the power demand in this segment,” the officials said.
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Around 75% of a total load of power was not been affected and it was recorded that there was a slight increase in the power load they said’’. In the first 23 days of May, Delhi’s peak power demand has been 5021 MW a reduction of around 16 percent from 5985 MW in the corresponding period last year. The power demand also starts increasing especially in the night peak they said’’.
Delhi’s peak power demand has increased by around 49 percent in May as compared to April this year; in April it was 3362 MW and in May (up to May 23) 5021 MW, they said.
The power supply is managed by the three discoms, joint ventures of the Delhi government with private partners the BSES discoms BYPL and BRPL.
Arrangements have been firmed up by the BSES discoms to source adequate power to meet the demand through long term power purchasing agreements and banking arrangements with other states he said.