Power demand matches summer’s as temp rises in Mumbai


Power industry expert Ashok Pendse said there is a direct connect between rising temperature and power demand. If temperature goes beyond 28 degrees Celsius, power generation has to be increased simultaneously

Power demand matches summer’s as temp rises in Mumbai

Rising temperature is pushing up the demand for powerin the city and across the state, forcing power units, over 85% of which are thermal, to burn more coal and heat up the earth a bit more while drawing huge amounts of water from rivers and dams that are already stressed after a less-than satisfactory monsoon.

Power industry expert Ashok Pendse said there is a direct connect between rising temperature and power demand. If temperature goes beyond 28 degrees Celsius, power generation has to be increased simultaneously. “A rise to 32-35 degrees from 26-27 degrees requires at least a doubling of power generation for Mumbai as air-conditioning demands go very high,” he said.

In Mumbai alone, about 1,000 to 1,200 MW is consumed by air-conditioners. Power use was at 1800 MW during the monsoon, and has now touched 3600 MW mark in October, which is comparable to summer. Read more

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