India’s power consumption rose 10% to 1375.57 billion units (BU) during April-February this fiscal and has already exceeded the level of electricity supplied in the entire 2021-22.
Government data show that energy consumption in the period April-February 2021-22. amounted to 1245.54 BU.
In the entire fiscal year 2021-22, energy consumption was 1374.02 BU, which is less than 1375.57 BU recorded in the period from April 2022 to February 2023.
Experts say a double-digit increase in electricity consumption is expected in the coming months due to forecasts of unprecedented demand, especially in summer.
The Ministry of Energy has estimated the country’s peak electricity demand at 229 GW during April this year, up from 215.88 GW recorded in the same month a year ago.
The ministry has taken many steps to meet the high demand for electricity and has also asked state utility companies not to resort to blackouts or load shedding.
The ministry also requested that all imported coal-fired power plants operate at full capacity from March 16, 2023 to June 15, 2023.
In addition, it asked other thermal power plants to import coal for blending with domestic dry fuel.
Experts say higher economic activity would boost commercial and industrial demand in the coming months.
In addition, they believe that the heat during the summer would result in higher energy consumption to run air conditioners and other cooling devices.
They are of the opinion that it would be a challenge to meet the unprecedented high demand for electricity in India from April onwards.