In a trend of sorts, more than 95,000 mw (mega watt) of power capacity is being made available to the country on a daily basis to meet peak power demand. This has happened for the first time as out of the country’s total installed power capacity of 147,000 mw, only 85,000 mw is usually operational.
SK Chaturvedi, chairman and managing director, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, told Hindustan Times that with the onset of summer and rise in temperatures, power consumption in the country, for the first time, has touched an all-time daily high of 2,152 million units.
“This means that over 95,000 mw of power could be transmitted through the grid on a single day, which is a record of sorts. Peak demand has never crossed 90,000 mw before.”
Chaturvedi said the recent inter-state transmission links established by PGCIL resulted in the optimal utilisation of the generation capacity. “There was no transmission disruption despite the transmission lines carrying the highest ever peak load of this magnitude.”
The national grid, with inter-regional power transfer capacity of 20,800 mw, played a significant role in this all-time high transfer of power across the country.