Intermittent rain in the state has provided much sought relief to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and its consumers. The showers have brought down the demand for electricity.
"With rains in the last three-four days, the power demand in the state has come down to around 1,950 lakh units (LU) per day . Due to this, the wide gap between demand and supply ceased as PSPCL have arrangement of power supply of 1,950 lakh units per day," said Er Arun Verma, director distribution of PSPCL.
Talking to HT, he said that due to the improved power situation, there were no cuts for residential as well as non-residential category (NRS) consumers in the state on Friday. The situation was the same on Saturday.
He added that even if it rained three or four times a month, the power situation would remain stable and consumers would not have to face power cuts. Rains have also reduced power demand from the agriculture sector and AC load which, according to him, was a major factor in hike in demand for electricity this year.
The people, especially in rural areas, have been facing power cut for 4 to 10 hours daily due to unprecedented hike in demand this year, which crossed 2,200 lakh per units per day against availability of around 1,950 LU. Due to this wide gap, PSPCL imposed cuts.
Under the changed circumstances, PSPCL also withdrew its advisory regarding ban on the use of air conditioners in its offices. These instructions were issued last week and withdrawn three days ago.
The PSPCL director said that though this move did not help much in reducing power demand, it was taken to send a message amongst consumers that they too should limit use of ACs to bring down electricity demand.
He also claimed that they were providing 8-hour power supply to agriculture sector. Only those farmers were getting power for just 6 hours whose supply was connected to overloaded grids. He said that they have been working to improve situation in this regard too.