With heatwave sweeping UP, peak power demand reaches 29,820 MW

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With heatwave sweeping UP, peak power demand reaches 29,820 MW

Thursday, 13 June 2024 | PNS | Lucknow

With an intense heatwave sweeping Uttar Pradesh, the peak power demand reached 29,820 megawatt on Tuesday night, the highest ever recorded.

Electricity consumption also surged to approximately 643 million units.

On May 31, the electricity demand had reached 29,727 MW, which was met by the UP Power Corporation Limited, setting a new record. On July 24, 2023, the maximum demand had reached 28,284 MW, which was a record at that time. This record was subsequently broken on May 22, 2024, when the electricity demand reached 28,336 MW.

UPPCL Chairman Ashish Kumar Goel has directed the officials to exercise caution in light of the ongoing severe heat and the increasing demand for electricity. All personnel are to diligently and sincerely fulfill their responsibilities during this challenging time, he said.

Goel stated that arrangements are being made to meet the continuously growing electricity demand. The UPPCL has arranged for availability of electricity as per the forecast, and additional arrangements are being made promptly as demand increases.

The UPPCL chairman said that there were no scheduled power cuts anywhere in the state due to the system’s capacity.  Reports of power supply disruptions due to local faults are being attended, he added.

Goel said directives had been issued to launch a campaign against power theft to improve the power system. He instructed the managing directors and chief engineers of all discoms, the subsidiaries of the UPPCL, to target feeders with the highest line losses and prevent power theft.

In a review of the electricity system in the Prayagraj region, the UPPCL chairman directed the issuance of charge-sheets to the superintending engineers of Prayagraj (I) and Fatehpur. The progress in their areas regarding revenue, transformer damage, assisted billing, RDSS, and business plan schemes was not satisfactory.

Uttar Pradesh has set a national record for the highest electricity supply by successfully meeting the increased demand during the severe heatwave. Recently, UP established a milestone by meeting the highest electricity demand of 29,500 MW in the country.

According to the Grid India Power Supply Report, on June 10, 2024, UP once again achieved the first position in the country by supplying 28,889 MW of electricity, surpassing states like Maharashtra and Gujarat.  The report released on June 10 states that UP supplied 28,889 MW, Maharashtra 24,254 MW, Gujarat 24,231 MW, Tamil Nadu 16,257 MW and Rajasthan 16,781 MW electricity to meet the highest demand.

Additionally, the electricity department of Uttar Pradesh has set a record this year for the highest electricity supply in the country during peak hours.

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