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Peak power demand of the country reaches all-time high of 99,027 MW

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Peak power demandPower demand in the country touched an all-time high of 99,027 mw during the evening hours of 21st September and is poised to top 100,000 mw shortly. The new peak demand marks a year-on-year growth of over 16% in electricity demand. Last year, the peak demand that was met in the country around this time stood at approximately 84,885 mw.

The rise in electricity demand in India stands in sharp contrast to the situation in the US where overall power consumption is expected to decline by over 1.4% this year, while consumption by industrial units is expected to slump over 6%. US power consumption has been rising almost uninterrupted for 25 years until the 2008 recession.

China's power demand too had shrunk by over 4% year-on-year in the first four months of the current fiscal under the impact of the global economic downturn. But latest data from the country's National Energy Administration has shown a turnaround, with demand moving a tad into positive territory.

In India, which normally faces a peak shortage in the region of about 12%, the new peak has been possible due to increased supply. Improvement in monsoon rains over the last fortnight or so and glacial melt have helped increase generation from hydel projects. These generation stations had seen a sharp decline during the summer due to failed monsoon and poor snow in the preceding winter. Besides, several thermal plants that had been shut down for routine maintenance too have come on stream, improving the feed to the inter-region transmission grid.

In terms of energy, total consumption on 21st September stood at over 2 billion units as compared to 1.82 billion units on the same day last year, a rise of about 21.1%. Generation from hydel projects was about 472 million units, or 7.4% more than 439 million units notched on the same day in 2008.

Data on industrial production for the last couple of months too have been showing a rising trend for power generation. This has been accompanied by a growth in the output of key manufacturing sectors such as cement and coal, both major consumers of electricity. Establishment of a national grid by state-run transmission utility PowerGrid also helped wheel power across regions to manage the demand peak.

The existing inter-regional power transfer capacity of 20,800 mw is planned to be enhanced further, depending upon generation capacity addition through strengthening of regional grids and building more inter-regional links.

Source - Business standard

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