India’s electricity consumption jumped 10% to 1375.57 billion units (BU) from April to February this financial year, and has already exceeded the level of electricity supplied for the whole of 2021. -22.
Government data showed power consumption in April-February 2021-22 was 1245.54 BU.
In the full fiscal year 2021-22, power consumption was 1374.02 BU, less than the 1375.57 BU recorded in the period April 2022 to February 2023.
Experts say electricity consumption is expected to grow in double digits in the coming months given the forecast for unprecedented high demand, especially in the summer.
The Ministry of Energy estimated the peak electricity demand in the country at 229 GW in April this year, which is higher than the 215.88 GW recorded in the same month a year ago.
The ministry has taken numerous measures to meet the high demand for electricity and has also asked utilities not to opt for blackouts or load shedding.
The ministry also asked all imported coal-fired power plants to operate at full capacity from March 16, 2023 to June 15, 2023.
In addition, he asked other thermal power producers to import coal to mix it with domestic dry fuel.
Experts say the rise in economic activity will boost commercial and industrial demand in the coming months.
In addition, they felt that the scorching heat during the summer would lead to higher energy consumption for the operation of air conditioners and other cooling devices.
They are of the view that it would be difficult to meet India’s unprecedented power demand from April.