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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