Delhi’s peak power demand clocks season’s highest of 6,193 MW

Continuing with its rising trajectory, Delhi’s peak power demand on Thursday night clocked 6,193 MW, the season’s highest, power discom BSES said in a statement.

The previous high for the season was 5,985 MW recorded just a day earlier. In just 24 hours, Delhi’s peak power demand has increased by over 3 per cent.

The BSES noted that because of the weather, Delhi’s peak power demand was a bit muted some days back but off late, it has been increasing steadily with rising temperatures.

“On their part, BRPL (BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd) and BYPL (BSES Yamuna Power Ltd) successfully met the peak power demand of 2,789 MW and 1,420 MW respectively. Last year, Delhi’s peak power demand had clocked 7,409 MW. In BRPL’s area, it was 3,211 MW and 1,686 MW respectively,” it said.

After the end of the third phase of the lockdown version 3 on May 17 and the easing of restrictions, Delhi’s peak power has started increasing and the gap narrowed. Since easing of restrictions on May 18, Delhi’s peak power demand has increased by around 50 per cent.

“Having said that, if we compare the peak power demand of April 2020 with that of June 2020, Delhi’s peak power demand has already increased by over 84 per cent,” the BSES statement said.

Since June 1, 2020, Delhi’s peak power demand has increased by over 62 per cent. It was 3,807 MW on June 1, 2020.

BSES further said that ensuring reliable supply in any season is as much the function of proper power arrangements as also accurate demand forecast and robust distribution network. On all these aspects, BSES discoms are fully geared to ensure adequate power availability during the summer months, it added.

Arrangements have been firmed up by BSES discoms to source adequate electricity to meet the power demand of over 44 lakhs consumers. These arrangements include long term power purchase agreements (PPA) and banking arrangements of upto 800 MW with other states.

In case of unforeseen contingencies because of low generation and outages in power plants, the discoms will purchase short-term power from the exchange, it said.