Peak power deficit shrinks to 3.9% in March

Peak power deficit shrinks to 3.9% in March

Electricity shortage during peak hours of March witnessed a steep fall to 3.9 per cent, an official data said.

The peak power deficit - shortfall in electricity supply when the demand is at the maximum - in March, 2013 was as high as 8.2 per cent or 10,752 MW. The all India power demand in March 2013 was 1,31,526 MW as against a supply of 1,20,774 MW.

As per the latest data by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), total electricity demand in March 2014 was 1,31,945 MW of which 1,26,793 MW was met, leaving a deficit of 5,152 MW.

"We are in the middle of an economic slowdown, resulting in flat growth in power consumption in past 12 months. Since the capacity addition has been robust in last couple of years, we are experiencing a low peak deficit of 3.9 per cent," said Debasish Mishra, Senior Director, Deloitte India.

The electricity requirement in eastern states, including West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand, was 15,506 MW of which 15,214 MW was met, leaving the region with a shortage of 292 MW or 1.9 per cent.

The western region, which includes Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa, reported a power shortage of 2 per cent. The demand was 40,375 MW against a supply of 39,558 MW.

North Indian states/UTs - Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand reported a peak power shortage of 4.9 per cent.

Total electricity demand in the region last month was 35,725 MW, of which 33,978 MW was met, leaving a shortage of 1,747 MW, CEA data stated.

The north-eastern region -- Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram -- registered a deficit of 96 MW. The power demand was 2,110 MW and supply was 1,995 MW.

Southern India was the most affected, registering a deficit of 5.7 per cent or 2,181 MW. Total electricity requirement of the region, comprising states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, was 38,229 MW as against a supply of 36,048 MW. 

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