In the national Capital, peak power demand fell 44 per cent in April and 15 per cent in May. With Delhi being one of the cities witnessing early reversal of lockdown, executives report a change in demand trend.
“After the end of Lockdown
3.0 on May 17 and the easing of restrictions, Delhi’s peak power had started increasing and the gap had narrowed. Since easing of restrictions on May 18, Delhi’s peak power demand had increased over 40 per cent,” said a BSES Delhi spokesperson. This in part due to heatwave conditions intensifying.
Tata Power-Delhi Distribution on Thursday said it met peak power demand of 1,713 megawatt (Mw) on Thursday. “Delhi as a whole also touched the season’s high of 5,925 Mw amid the ongoing heatwave,” the company said in its statement.
While demand returns in some cities, there is a word of caution. “The overall demand is expected to be muted, compared to pre-Covid projections,” said a BSES spokesperson.
Reliance Infrastructure-owned BSES has two distribution licences in Delhi for east and southern parts of the city. Eighty five per cent of its connections are domestic, 13 per cent commercial. Only 1 per cent is industrial, 1 per cent in ‘others’ category.
A similar pattern is seen for Adani Electricity Mumbai (AEML) that has 82 per cent residential connections, 17 per cent commercial, and 1 per cent in ‘others’ category. Adani Group had bought this business from BSES in 2018. A break-up for Torrent Power, however, was not readily available. As discoms deal with change in demand, they also face challenges over physical meter readings. “Estimated e-bills are being sent to customers based on average consumption over the past three months. Once the actual meter reading is available, the figure will be adjusted basis actual utilisation,” said an AEML spokesperson.