It’s been an unusual summer this year. Into its fourth week, the month of May—usually one of the hottest in the season—has seen Delhi directing a number of power stations to stop supplying power to it for the time being.
The reason: The Capital simply does not need it.
Several units of its power stations have been shut down for now. Owing to stormy weather and accompanying rainfall, the perpetually power-starved city that needed over 4800 MW of electricity just four days ago saw a more than 50% drop in its demand over the weekend.
On Sunday, since little past midnight, the demand has hovered between a maximum of 3,042 and 2,034 MW.
With the city not requiring a large part of the mammoth quantity of power arranged for summer, one unit of Badarpur Thermal Power Station that produces 95 MW has been shut down. The rest four units are generating 80% of the capacity.
A unit of the 105MW Pragati Power Station was also shut down. Similarly, four main units and two subsidiary units of Gas Turbine and NDPL’s Rithala power station had to be closed too.
“Power coming from other states had to be rescaled too as the demand does not look to be going up anytime soon," said a power department official.
One unit of Dadri-I, which produces 210 MW and one unit of Dadri-II producing 490 MW has been shut down too.
The Central sector quota has been tweaked as well. Delhi has asked Singrauli, Uchahar, Rihand and Farakka to “back down” their power supply.
Last week, Delhi had seen rampant power cuts and the demand breaching last year’s highs. Power minister Haroon Yusuf had asked the discoms to arrange more power.
Since power cannot be stored for future use, another way to avoid its wastage is to resell it to the states where there is a demand. Owing to the storm and rainfall that brought the mercury down, a few areas saw minor disruptions in power supply when trees collapsed on overhead power cables, snapping supply.