Demand for power crosses 4,000-MW mark

Staff Reporter

Peak load on Monday night 3,980 MW

Rotational load-shedding on Tuesday

NEW DELHI: The demand for power crossed the 4,000-MW mark in the Capital on Tuesday as the mercury shot up to 43.2 degrees Celsius. The intense heat caused the peak load to climb to 4,020 MW at 4-36 p.m.

According to the weatherman, the maximum temperature stood at 43.2 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature rose to 28.5 degrees, five degrees above normal. The humidity level was also at a high of 67 per cent while minimum humidity was 31 per cent. Some areas also experienced a light drizzle in the evening. “Last night the peak load on the system was 3,980 MW at 10-56 p.m. and during the day it reached 4,020 MW. Load-shedding at the time of peak was about 300 MW and the discoms had to carry out rotational load-shedding through the night on Monday and again during the day,” said a Power Department official.

Load-shedding was carried out in several areas of the city from 12 midnight to 2 a.m. and again from 12 noon on Tuesday on an hour-long basis. “The power situation got worse after several units of Nathpa Jhakri went out following a thunderstorm in Punjab. Work to restore the units is under way,” said the official. The total availability from the Central stations was 2,473 MW, while Delhi’s own generation stood at 1,241 MW.

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