Coronavirus Lockdown: Power Consumption Declines By 14 Percent In May

Power consumption in May declined by 14.16 per cent to 103.02 billion units (BU) compared to 120.02 BU a year ago, mainly due to low demand amid COVID-19 induced lockdown, as per the data released by Power ministry.

The slump in power consumption has narrowed down in May to 14.16 per cent from 22.65 per cent recorded April in this year. The entire month of April had witnessed low power demand due to the lockdown.

This shows that power consumption has improved after government started giving relaxations for economic activities and mercury soared beyond 45 degree intensifying heat wave in the country. According to power ministry data, the total electricity consumption was 103.02 billion units in May this year compared to 120.02 BU in same month year ago.

The data showed that power consumption in April dipped 22.65 per cent to 85.16 billion units (BU) compared to 110.11 BU in the same month a year ago. The government had imposed lockdown from March 25 to fight the deadly coronavirus in the country. This also resulted in lower commercial and industrial demand in April as well as May.

The peak power demand met in May stood at 166.42 GW (recorded on May 26), which was 8.82 per cent less than 182.55 GW in the same month a year earlier. Similarly, the peak power demand met in April stood at 132.77 GW, 25 per cent less than 176.81 GW in the same month a year earlier. This also shows that the slump in power demand has narrowed down considerably and it is inching towards normal levels recorded in the period under review last year.

The peak power demand met is the highest energy supply during the day across the country.