Monsoon reduces peak power shortage in July to 3.9 pc

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Lower demand for electricity due to monsoons led to a fall in the country's peak power deficit to 3.9 per cent last month.

Peak power deficit or supply of electricity when demand is maximum was down to 3.9 per cent in July from 5.1 per cent in June, as per latest data by the Central Electricity Authority.

CEA provides assistance to the Ministry of Power in all technical and economic matters.

"As monsoon picked up in July, electricity demand moderated throughout the country by almost 3 GW (3,000 MW). So with same level of supply as in June, the July power deficit has come down," Debasish Mishra, Senior Director (Consulting) Deloitte told PTI.

The total electricity demand of the country during July was 1,45,014 MW, of which 1,39,320 MW was met, leaving a gap of 5,694 MW.

North Indian states (including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh), which braved heat and humidity during July reported a deficit of 5.8 per cent or 2,855 MW, the data said. Temperatures in the region hovered around 40-42 degrees during the month.

The western region comprising Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was the least affected with 0.9 per cent. The total peak demand was 41,598 MW of which 41,213 MW was met, CEA data said.

South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala had a peak power requirement of 35,748 MW of which 33,839 MW was met leaving a deficit of 1,909 MW or 5.3 per cent.

The eastern region states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal reported a deficit of 1.7 per cent during the month.

The north-eastern region (Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Tripura) was the worst affected with a peak power shortage of 11.8 per cent. The total peak power demand of the seven sister states was 2,263 MW of which 1,996 MW was met.

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