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Lockdown effect: Peak power demand in Delhi increases by over 50%

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Lockdown impact: Peak energy demand in Delhi will increase by over 50%

The peak energy demand of Delhi has elevated by over 50 per cent with the resumption of regular actions following the easing of lockdown restrictions, discom officers mentioned on Sunday. The peak energy demand within the metropolis has been muted this 12 months as in comparison with the final 12 months as a result of lockdown and climate situations.

However, because the easing of restrictions on May 18, Delhi’s peak energy demand has elevated by over 50 per cent. If we evaluate the height energy demand since April, it has already elevated by over 87 per cent,” a discom official said. 

After the end of lockdown 3.0 on May 17 and easing of restrictions, Delhi’s peak power demand started increasing and the gap narrowed, officials said.

“In truth, in July and August, Delhi’s peak energy demand surpassed final 12 months’s peak energy demand on the corresponding days on 13 events — seven in July, six in August — by as much as 19 per cent,” an official said.

A spokesperson of the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) said the peak demand dipped from 1,238 MW in March, when the lockdown was clamped but rose steadily with the unlock relaxations.

“The peak demand dipped to 1,002 MW within the TPDDL distribution areas in April. It rose to 1,556 MW in May, 1,814 MW in June and 1,854 MW in July,” he said.

The cooling load is the main factor behind the increase in Delhi’s power load, an official of BSES discoms BYPL and BRPL said.

“Commensurate with Delhi’s rising urge for food for energy, its electrical energy infrastructure should additionally preserve tempo. The BSES will proceed to efficiently meet the ever-increasing energy demand and as at all times, be an lively accomplice sooner or later improvement of town, he mentioned.

During the lockdown, the BSES strengthened its community and energised two 66/11 KV grids that can profit over two lakh residents of town, he added. 

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