Power demand touches new high

'Deploy more teams to check outages'

Power demand touches new high

The peak power demand was recorded at an all time high 6,188 megawatts on Friday afternoon, prompting Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain to issue directions to the three private discoms to deploy additional teams to deal with consumers complaints.

He also directed the top officials of the three discoms to deploy mobile distribution transformers as and when required for quick restoration of electricity supply in areas where outages are being reported.

On Thursday, the city saw the peak power demand at 6,044 MW, highest since the privatisation of the distribution of the electricity took place in Delhi in 2002.
The peak power demand had touched 5,846 MW mark in June last year.

The high power demand has been causing blackouts for the past couple of days across the city.

On Thursday, the power demand caused a glitch at Delhi Transco Limited’s Bamnauli-Pappakalan 220 KV transmission line for a couple of hours impacting power supply in parts of West Delhi including Dwarka and Uttam Nagar.

On Wednesday, one unit of ‘Dadri Thermal 2’ had tripped impacting the supply of 450 MW electricity to Delhi.

Another circuit of Agra-Gwalior transmission line was shut down for a few hours on Wednesday afternoon. These two incidents led to outages as a part of load-shedding for a while in the afternoon.

State-owned power transmission company, Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) makes electricity available to pricvate discoms to distribute electricity across the city. It has been observed that the power demand goes up between 2 pm and 4 pm, and from 10 pm to 11.30 pm.

Transco had said that its employees were committed to provide uninterrupted supply to Delhiites but "ever increasing demand and limitation of resources can for sometimes affect the supply”.

“Though there is no shortage of electricity in Delhi but keeping in view the national interest and safety of power system the Delhi Transco appeals to the public to use electricity judiciously,” Transco had said.

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