India's Power Surge: Scorching Heat Drives Record Consumption

India's power consumption rose by nearly 15% to 156.31 billion units in May, driven by a scorching heatwave. The peak power demand hit an all-time high of 250.07 GW. Experts predict continued high demand and consumption due to persistent high temperatures and increased use of cooling appliances.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 02-06-2024 12:39 IST | Created: 02-06-2024 12:39 IST
India's Power Surge: Scorching Heat Drives Record Consumption
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India's power consumption shot up by nearly 15% to 156.31 billion units in May, a leap attributed largely to a searing heatwave that forced extensive use of cooling appliances like air conditioners and desert coolers.

Government data revealed that in May 2023, the consumption stood at 136.50 billion units. This year, the peak power demand rocketed to an unprecedented 250.07 GW, surpassing last September's record of 243.27 GW.

Projections by the power ministry indicated a peak demand of 235 GW during daytime and 225 GW in the evening hours for May, with expectations of 240 GW and 235 GW for June 2024. However, experts suggested that this summer's peak power demand could reach 260 GW, driven by continuous high mercury levels forcing increased use of cooling appliances.

Data also showed that the peak supply was 245.41 GW on June 1, signaling robust power consumption and demand through June. Last June saw a peak of 224.10 GW, and the early figures from this month indicate the trend will continue.

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