NEW DELHI: With the heatwave conditions sending the mercury up over the past few days, Delhi’s peak power demand clocked 5,268MW, the season’s highest, on Sunday night.
It was even marginally higher than the peak demand — 5,094MW — recorded on May 24 last year. This is the first time this month that Delhi’s peak power demand crossed last year’s peak on any given day. The peak demand last May was 6,461MW on May 31.
Two BSES discoms, BRPL and BYPL, and Tata Power-DDL successfully met the peak demand of 2,448MW, 1,227MW and 1,493MW, respectively, on Sunday night.
For the past two months, the demand saw a sharp fall as almost all commercial, industrial and office establishments were shut due to the lockdown. As the restrictions are being eased gradually, Delhi is expected to surpass the last year’s peak of 7,409MW by July. Compared with April, when the peak demand touched 3,362MW, May has already seen a 56% jump.
The discoms said arrangements had been made to source adequate electricity to meet peak demands. In case of unforeseen contingencies, the discoms will buy short-term power from the exchange, said a BSES official.
Tata Power-DDL has strengthened its power network during the lockdown, said an official. “Delhi is expected to witness an increase in demand as everyone accustoms to the new normal and returns to routine,” said Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO of Tata Power-DDL.