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Delhi heatwave: Power demand at all-time high of 6,361 MW

Delhi is facing an intense heat wave. Temperature on the second consecutive day on Monday remained over 44 degrees Celsius. The peak power demand on Monday rose to an all time high of 6,361 MW, breaching last year’s record of 6,261 MW.

delhi Updated: Jul 20, 2017 11:09 IST
Sweta Goswami
Sweta Goswami
Hindustan Times
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People cover themselves as temperature in Delhi remained over 44 degress Celsius. The searing heat also sent the power demand spiking to an all time high of 6,361 MW.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The sweltering heat sent Delhi’s power demand soaring to an all-time high of 6,361 MW at 3.06pm on Monday.

With day temperatures hovering above 44 degree Celsius, the peak demand breached last year’s record. The 6,000 MW-mark was breached for the first time on May 19 last year and then the demand had touched 6,261 MW on June 30 in 2016.

Power utilities officials said the demand this summer has peaked earlier than it did during the previous years. This year, it was on May 16 when the peak power consumption crossed the 6000 MW. The consumption on that day was 6,021 MW recorded at 3.32pm.

Government officials said the demand was on the expected lines and that power utilities are prepared to take maximum load without considerable load shedding.

“We have arranged to supply nearly 6,600 MW of power. Although the demand is unlikely to go beyond this, the early spike in demand has raised an alert,” an official said.

Discom ofificials said the power demand usually peaks towards the end of June and in July as humidity rises between 90% and 50% apart from the scorching heat. “People run ACs for longer duration because of which power demand goes up,” an official said.

While officials of power utilities maintained that there was no deficit in electricity supply, several areas complained of power cuts for up to five hours. Officials, however, attributed the outages to local faults. Last year power minister Satyendar Jain had made it mandatory for discoms to release a daily list of areas facing unscheduled power cuts. But this time, the records are not being made public.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 17:11 IST