India's power consumption rose 19 pc in first fortnight of May compared to 2020
New Delhi/IBNS: India's power consumption rose by nearly 19 per cent in the first fortnight of May to 51.67 billion units (BU) compared to the same period previous year, reflecting recovery in industrial and commercial demand of electricity, power ministry data showed.
Power consumption in the first fortnight of May 2020 was 43.55 BU while it was 102.08 BU for the entire month of the same year.
This year (from May 1 to 14), peak power demand met or the highest supply in a day reached the highest level of 168.78 GW (on May 6, 2021) and registered growth of over 15 per cent over 146.54 GW (peak met) recorded in the same period in 2020 (on May 13, 2020).
In April it rose nearly 40 per cent to 118.08 BU. Power consumption in April 2020 fell to 84.55 BU from 110.11 BU in the same month in 2019, due to slow down in economic activities in the last week of March 2020 to stem the COVID-19 spread.
The power consumption also dropped in May 2020 to 102.08 BU from 120.02 BU in May 2019.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 induced lockdown, peak power demand met or the highest power supply in a day also plummeted to 132.73 GW in April last year compared to 176.81 GW in April,2019.
In May 2020, peak power demand met fell to 166.22 GW from 182.53 GW in May 2019 as the lockdown continued.