India’s electricity consumption increased by 3.35% during the first half of October to reach 57.22 billion units (BU), showing a recovery amid a shortage of coal in the power plants, according to data from the Department of Energy. Last year, from October 1 to October 15, the power consumption was 55.36 BU, which was over 49.66 BU during the same period in 2019. The data clearly shows that it There is a recovery in energy consumption as well as demand in the country.
Amid the shortage of coal in the country’s power plants, the peak power shortage moderated to 986 MW on October 15, compared to 11,626 MW on October 7. It should be noted that the peak power shortage of 11,626 MW on October 7 was the highest. during the first half of this month.
In addition, the latest coal stock report of 135 coal-fired power plants monitored by the Central Electricity Authority on October 13 showed that the number of mine headless power plants with less than four days of coal stock (stock of supercritical carbon) fell from 64 to 6469 on October 8, when daily electricity consumption peaked at 3,900 million units in the first half of that month. Earlier this week, the Energy Department said the capacity of units out of order due to low coal stocks had increased from 11 GW on October 12 to 5 GW on October 14.
Experts are of the opinion that there would be a good recovery in electricity demand as well as consumption due to government efforts to increase coal supply to factories and improvement of economic activities due the lifting of foreclosure restrictions by states. Many states had imposed lockdown restrictions after the second wave of the pandemic hit the country in April this year. The restrictions were gradually lifted as the number of COVID cases declined.
However, electricity consumption in September of this year saw a moderate recovery with weak growth of 1.7% to 114.35 BU mainly due to the late monsoon (heavy rains). In September of last year, electricity consumption was 112.43 BU, higher than 107.51 BU in the same month of 2019. Experts claim that the recovery in demand and consumption of electricity in September 2021 remained moderate, mainly due to the heavy rains of the month.
In the first half of the current month, the peak power demand met or the highest one-day supply stood at 174.60 GW on October 11, which is above 169.05 GW. (recorded October 8, 2020), at the same time last year. . The peak power demand for the entire month of October 2020 was 169.89 GW. In August of this year, energy consumption increased by more than 17% to 127.88 BU against 109.21 BU in the same month in 2020.
The second wave of COVID-19 hit the country in mid-April of this year and affected the recovery in demand for commercial and industrial electricity as states began to impose restrictions at the end of the month. The month saw an annual growth of almost 38.5% in energy consumption. Energy consumption grew 6.6% year-on-year in May of this year to 108.80 BUs despite a weak base of 102.08 BUs in the same month of 2020. According to the latest data, in June, it increased by almost 9% to 114.48 BU. , against 105.08 BU in the same month last year.
In July, it rose to 123.72 BU against 112.14 BU the same month a year ago. Power consumption in February of this year was recorded at 103.25 BU, compared to 103.81 BU a year ago. In March, electricity consumption increased by almost 22% to 120.63 BU, compared to 98.95 BU in the same month of 2020.
After a six-month gap, electricity consumption grew 4.6% year-on-year in September 2020 and 11.6% in October 2020. In November, the growth in electricity consumption slowed down at 3.12%, mainly due to the early onset of winters. In December, it rose 4.5%, compared to 4.4% higher in January 2021.
(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)
First publication: STI