Tamil Nadu on 20-04-2016 became the second state in the country to use more than 15,000MW of electricity in a day.
Boosted by agriculture and domestic consumers, the state's demand touched 15,191MW on Wednesday evening and this is a new record for Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (Tangedco) which faced flak for acute shortage a few years ago.
The demand was met as all Tangedco's thermal units and Central units worked to full capacity. Wind and solar power also contributed and consumption increased to 327million units. Maharashtra has a peak demand of 20,100MW, the highest in India. Tangedco is confident of meeting demand of 16,000MW without power cuts.
According to the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC), on April 21, Maharashtra had a peak demand of 20,100MW, Gujarat 14,125MW, and Uttar Pradesh 14,099MW. "The peak demand of UP must be much higher but some villages are without power even now and compared to Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, UP does not have so much industrialisation," said a former Union power secretary.
"This is the first summer since 2008, when there is no restriction on drawing power from the grid. Generally, demand from farmers will go down in April and May due to non-availability of ground water. But this year, the ground water level is high and agriculture demand is still on. Each day, we are supplying power to agriculture to the extent of 16 to 17 hours continuously," a senior Tangedco official told TOI. Beyond agriculture, domestic demand is also high due to continuous use of air conditioners, especially in Chennai, he said.