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Electricity consumption drops in Gurgaon

Apart from a sudden drop in the temperature, the recurrent rainfall has also had a corresponding effect on the electricity consumption in the city.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 18, 2016 12:59 IST
Kartik Kumar  
over-dependence of consumers on air conditioners during summer leads to overloading and higher power consumption. The dip in temperature means less use of ACs.
over-dependence of consumers on air conditioners during summer leads to overloading and higher power consumption. The dip in temperature means less use of ACs. (HT File Photo )

Apart from a sudden drop in the temperature, the recurrent rainfall has also had a corresponding effect on the electricity consumption in the city.

Officials of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) have said that there has been a 15% decline in electricity consumption this week.

According to the data procured through DHBVN, the total power supplied in the past week was nearly 1,400 mW on an average daily.

Following incessant rains, this week the demand was less than 1,200 mW on an average.

“The weather and the cold breeze has reduced load on the power transmission system. There have been no reports of transformers overloading because of the low demand,” said Sanjeev Chopra, DHBVN general manager.

A senior DHBVN official explained that the decrease on the load implies that residents are consuming less units of electricity.

Officials said that over-dependence of consumers on air conditioners during summer leads to overloading and higher power consumption. The dip in temperature means less use of ACs. In addition, high humidity levels leads to AC compressors using less electricity that also contributes to lower power consumption.

Last month, during peak summer season, the city’s daily demand was pushing to 1,500 mW.

Despite a higher electricity supply, the city was falling short of 300 mW owing to transmission loss through electricity theft and poor infrastructure. This was leading to more than four hours of power outages at several places throughout the city.

The India Meteorological Department (MET) department has predicted a high possibility of rains and thunderstorms in the coming weeks that may further bring down the temperature and Gurgaon’s dependence on electricity.