Extreme heat has pushed Delhi’s maximum power demand to 7,070 MW, the highest in May, Thursday night, DISCOM officials said.
“This is only the fourth year in the history of Delhi when the maximum power demand has exceeded 7,000 MW,” a DISCOM official said on Friday.
Electricity demand reached a maximum of 7,070 at 11.24 PM on Thursday, data from the State Load Transmission Center showed.
The maximum demand on Friday was recorded at 6,943 which is likely to exceed 7,000 MW in the dead of night.
The highest power demand in Delhi crossed the 7,000-megawatt mark for the first time in 2018 (July 10), when it reached 7,016 megawatts. The following year (2019), it reached 7,409 MW (July 2), the highest recorded in the history of Delhi, officials said.
In 2020, it did not exceed 7,000 MW and reached a maximum of 6,314 MW. In 2021 (July 2), the city’s maximum electricity demand was 7,323 MW, they said.
The maximum electricity demand expected this year is 6,200 MW, officials said.
The highest power demand in Dicom BRPL and BYPL was highest in May, which was successfully met, a BSES spokesperson said.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhiites woke up on a warm morning on Friday and the minimum temperature settled at 28.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal.
The maximum temperature of the day can rise to 44 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature recorded in Delhi on Sunday was 45.6 degrees Celsius, which is the highest this year, Sunday.
Delhi’s highest electricity demand has risen 10 per cent since May 1, officials said.
Since April 1, Delhi’s highest electricity demand has risen by more than 58 per cent, DISCOM officials said.
In the 20 days of May, it exceeded the capital’s maximum electricity demand of 6,000 MW for the 15th time, they said.
Delhi’s maximum electricity demand in May did not exceed 6,000 MW in 2021 and 2020.
In 2019, it crossed the 6,000-megawatt mark in just three occasions – May 29 (6020 MW), May 30 (6240 MW) and May 31 (6461 MW), officials said.
Cooling load is the main cause of power load in Delhi. In fact, according to estimates, about 50 per cent of Delhi’s electricity demand in summer is due to the cool load of air conditioners, coolers and fans.
Earlier, in April 2022, the maximum electricity demand was 100 percent higher than the corresponding days in April 2021, 2020 and 2019.
The power of the network is crucial to ensure reliable power supply. BSES disks have enhanced network capacity by deploying both conventional and innovative solutions, a BSES spokesperson said.
The BSES disks have taken various measures to ensure uninterrupted power supply including preventive maintenance, online load monitoring, complaint monitoring team, installation of mobile transformers, quick response team, he added.