Peak power demand scales new high of 187.3 GW: Power Minister RK Singh

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New Delhi (NVI): Just two days after India’s electricity demand hit a new record of 185.82 gigawatts, the peak power demand touched yet another new high of 187.3 GW today, underscoring the growing strength of the Indian economy after a long pandemic phase.

Union Power Minister RK Singh tweeted on the fresh record created in the power demand. “A fresh record has been created in Power Demand breaching the previous record of 1,85,820 MW which was created on 20/01/2021. Today the power demand touched 1,87,300 MW at 10:28 am. This again underscores the growing strength of our economy,” he said in a tweet.

“The rapid growth in demand also underscores the benefits of empowering the poor which our Government did under Saubhagya,” the Power Minister said in another tweet.

On January 20, the peak power demand in the country hit a new record of 185.82 gigawatts, crossing the previous high of 182.88GW recorded December 30 last year.

With a surge in commercial and industrial activities after the lifting of lockdown curbs in recent months, India’s electricity demand hit two successive new records.

Notably, the rise in power demand hints at a recovery phase and overall boost to economic activity in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, the rise in demand is good news for power producers, as coal-based power plants were running at only 53% utilisation level in December owing to lower consumption.