NEW DELHI : Reflecting the rebound in economic activity in the country, India’s peak electricity demand hit a record high of 200.57 gigawatts (GW) on July 7, the Energy Ministry said on Tuesday Union in a press release.
Additionally, in a reaffirmation of India’s push for green energy sources, solar and wind generation hit an all-time high of 43.1 GW on July 27 from the previously set record of 41.1 GW. June 11.
This high peak electricity demand came amid high temperatures and as much of the country still expected monsoon showers last month. This is gaining in importance as the consumption of energy, in particular electricity and refined products, is generally linked to the overall demand of the economy.
“India’s total electricity demand exceeded 200 GW at 12:01 am today,” Union Power’s office and new Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh said in a July 7 tweet, as the ‘reported mint earlier.
The last record peak demand of 197.06 GW was recorded on July 6, preceded by a peak of 191.24 GW on June 30. Prior to that, India recorded a high peak power demand of 189.64 GW on January 31. This comes against the backdrop of declining peak demand for electricity from India during the second wave, which has now resumed.
“The country experienced the highest electricity demand on record at 12:01 pm on July 7, 2021. This demand of 200,570 MW was 17.6% higher than in July 2020 (on the 2nd at 10:21 pm). This was highlighted in the System Operations Highlights for July 2021, released by Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO), “the Energy Ministry statement read.
On the load model of India’s total electricity demand, industrial and agricultural consumption accounts for 41.16% and 17.69%, respectively. Commercial electricity consumption represents 8.24%.
“The report also indicates that the average daily energy consumption recorded in July (4,049 MU) was 10.6% higher than in July 2020 (3,662 MU). The “Maximum All India Energy Met” also reached an all-time high. It was registered at 4,508 MU on July 7, 2021, or 14.7% more than 3,931 MU on July 28, 2020 “, the statement added.
In view of the increased demand for electricity, the state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) also recorded a 28.4% growth in coal withdrawals for the first four months of the current fiscal year by compared to the corresponding period of the previous financial year. India’s energy sector is the country’s largest consumer of coal, with CIL being the largest coal miner. India’s demand for electricity is on an upward growth path after falling during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The production of solar and wind power has also increased.
“The renewable energy sector has also made impressive gains. The average solar production recorded in July 2021 (158 MU / day) was 7.6% higher than that of July 2020 (147 MU / day). The average wind production recorded in July 2021 (349 MU / day) was 64.5% higher than that of July 2020 (212 MU / day), “the ministry said.
India is running the world’s largest clean energy program to reach 175 GW of renewable capacity by 2022.
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