India’s electricity demand reached an all-time high on Friday morning, further continuing its record-setting trend of the last few weeks. Power demand touched an all-time high of 187.3 GW on Friday, highlighting the growing strength of the economy, Power Minister RK Singh said.
“A fresh record has been created in power demand breaching the previous record of 1,85,820 MW, which was created on January 20. Today power demand touched 1,87,300 MW at 10:28 am,” R K Singh, Minister of State (independent charge) for Power. tweeted on Friday.
India’s coal-fired power generation plants, which have an installed capacity of 205.85 gigawatts, recorded their maximum generation of 141 gigawatts on Friday, Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, secretary, Power Ministry, tweeted.
Earlier, electricity demand had reached an all-time high of 182.88 GW on December 30. The government has showcased this record-breaking trend as a sign of a much-needed economic rebound, as well as of the success of the Saubhagya scheme to improve electricity access across the country.
According to data from the power minister, the peak power demand met (the highest supply in a day) during January last year stood at 170.97 GW. The rising power demand shows revival in economic activities leading to higher commercial and industrial demand, which was affected due to the pandemic. The government had imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 25, 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Power demand started declining from April as economic activities were disrupted due to COVID-19. The pandemic affected power demand for five months in a row from April to August 2020. The demand recovered from September onwards. Peak power demand met grew at 1.7 per cent in September, 3.4 per cent in October, 3.5 per cent in November and 7.3 per cent in December.