Heat propels power demand

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Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: With no relief from the sweltering heat, the Capital's demand for power continued to rise on Tuesday. Though the peak demand showed a small decrease from Monday's 4,581 MW, slipping down to 4517 MW, the heat continued to impact the city's power consumption.

While the discoms claimed to have met the demand for power, outages were reported from several areas across the city. Some societies in Patparganj did not have power from 5 a.m. till noon. Malviya Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Rajendra Nagar and some parts of West Delhi were among the places that reported power cuts ranging from one to three hours.

Left to deal with the sharp increase in demand, power distribution company BSES sent out an appeal to consumers to use power judiciously. “Delhi's power demand has grown by a whopping 13.64 per cent since May 10. In the past fortnight the peak load has shown a steady increase,” said a company spokesperson.

Citing the peak demand figures, he said while the peak was 4,031 MW on May 10, it shot up to 4,581 on May 24.

“It is pertinent to mention that Delhi's per capita electricity consumption of 1,265 units /annum is more than double of the national average of 606 units/annum. Though BRPL and BYPL have made adequate arrangements for power, the companies appeal to their over 25 lakh consumers to use electricity judiciously. This will not only help conserve electricity, but also save money for the consumers in the process,” the spokesperson said.

Expecting a further increase in temperature and power demand, the discom is urging consumers to switch off appliances when not in use. “A survey has shown that Delhi loses about 175 MW or 25 per cent of the electricity produced in Delhi annually to gadgets switched off from the remote control and left on the stand by mode,” the spokesperson said.

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