India’s power consumption increased 10% to 1375.57 billion units (BU) from April to February of this fiscal year, surpassing the total amount of electricity supplied in 2021–2022.
According to official figures, 1245.54 BU of energy were consumed between April and February 2021–2022.
Power usage for the entire fiscal year 2021–22 was 1374.02 BU, which is less than the 1375.57 BU measured from April 2022 to February 2023.
Analysts predict that power consumption will increase by double digits in the upcoming months due to expected record high demand, particularly in the summer.
Peak power demand in the nation was projected by the power ministry to be 229 GW in April of this year, up from 215.88 GW in the same month last year.
The government has made several efforts to meet the high demand for electricity and has also requested that state utilities refrain from using load shedding or power cuts.
Government mandates that all imported coal-based power plants operate at full capacity between March 16 and June 15
Also, the government has mandated that all imported coal-based power plants operate at full capacity between March 16 and June 15, 2023. Also, it has requested that additional thermal power plants import coal to mix with domestic dry fuel.
According to experts, growth in the economy will increase demand for goods and services in the coming months.
In addition, they expected that the intense summer heat will increase the amount of energy needed to run air conditioners and other cooling devices.
They think it will be difficult to meet India’s unusually high demand for power starting in April.
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