After crossing all-time high of more than 17,000 MW earlier in the week, peak power demand in the state has fallen sharply in the past two days owing to cloudy weather and rain in some areas.
According to State Load Despatch Centre, Gujarat, peak power demand in the state touched a record high of 17,097 MW on Monday. Prior to that, power demand had crossed 17,000 MW only on one occasion, when it touched 17,000 MW last Friday.
The peak power demand in the state on these two days, as well as many others in recent past, has even overtaken the demand seen during peak summer season. Prior to this month, the all-time high power demand in the state was 15,886 MW, which was recorded on May 26.
“The huge rise in power demand in the past few days is because of more demand from agriculture sector due to an extended dry spell. Moreover, electricity demand from residential and other segments has also gone up as day temperatures are in the range of 38-39 degree Celsius,” energy expert KK Bajaj said. Read More…