City’s power demand sky rockets

Power demand in the city broke all records on Friday touching an all-time high of 5,330 MW, a day after registering the highest demand. The previous highest power demand in the city was recorded on Thurday when it soared to 5,271 MW.

‘The maximum power demand in the city touched 5,330 MW, which is a new record of power consumption in Delhi,’ a power department official said. Areas across the city faced power cuts ranging from one to four hours as maximum temperature remained at 43 degrees Celsius, which is five degrees above normal. South Delhi was worst affected as a major transformer of Delhi Transco Limited developed technical snag resulting in cut in power supplies to almost all localities. The city faced outages also due to cut in supply of 200 MW of power by state-run power generation company NHPC to BSES for failing to pay up the outstanding dues. The private power distribution company, however, claimed they were able to meet the demand.

The power demand in the city has been increasing at a rate of around eight per cent in the last few years and as per projection of the government, it will reach 5,500 MW this summer. As per official figure, the power demand in 1905 was just two MW which had increased to 27 MW in 1947. The peak demand had touched 1,536 MW in 1992 while in 1997 it increased to 2,303 MW and further to 2,879 MW in 2001.

In 2002, the power demand had gone up to 3,097 MW while in 2007, it touched 4,030 MW. While the demand went up to 4,408 MW in 2009, it touched 4,720 MW in 2010.

Last year, the demand had gone up to 5,028 MW, which was the all-time high demand till it was breached when it touched 5,032 MW.
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