The power demand in the state rose by 20% this year as compared to the previous year, said chairman-cum-managing director, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), KD Chaudhri.
He said due to augmentation of power supply lines in the state, the power corporation has created a record of supplying 11,000 megawatt of power to consumers. After reviewing the power supply to the farm sector consumers during the paddy season so far, Chaudhri said the PSPCL had made arrangements for eight-hour uninterrupted power supply to farmers this paddy season.
He said during the first week of July, the power demand soared to 2,400 lakh units on certain days and the peak demand reached 11,000 megawatt which was highest so far.
He said the power demand was 20% more than the last year. He said the PSPCL had been able provide more than eight hours of power supply to the agricultural pumpset consumers and 24 hours of supply to the other category consumers.
Chaudhri said the average daily power demand had been 2,368 lakh units in June this year and 1,927 lakh units in July so far. He said that PSPCL had not imposed any regulatory measures or cuts on any category of consumers so far. The agricultural pumpset consumers were provided more than 8 hours of power supply in June 2015 and more than 9 hours in July.
He said the PSPCL would meet the required power demand of farmers during the remaining paddy season without imposing regulatory measures on any category of consumers.