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Delhi’s winter power demand touches record high

NEW DELHI: As Delhi winter breaks 118 year old temperature record, its power demand on Monday touched a peak of 5298 mw, highest ever in winters. Delhi is currently witnessing the second coldest winter since 1901 and the electricity demand in winters is likely to break past records, industry experts said.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution said it met the record peak power demand of 1541 mw without any network constraint and power outage as Delhi also touched a record high of 5298 mw, highest till date. The previous highest demand of Delhi was 4800 mw and 1433 mw in January 2019. The highest ever electricity demand was witnessed in September this year at 7,400 mw.

The company is expecting the peak demand to breach 1,600 mw mark this season and has made long-term power tie ups for meeting the same and has ensured reliability of its equipment at these low temperatures and foggy conditions, an official statement said. A total of 1,700 mw of power is available from long-term sources with the company which would help in meeting the peak demand, it said.

“We have made surplus power arrangements over and above the expected peak demand to cater to contingencies. Besides this, we are using a mix of technologies for better load forecasting to provide reliable power supply,” said Tata Power Delhi Distribution CEO Ganesh Srinivasan.

The company’s power-supply arrangements during the winter-months include long-term agreements from power-plants like Maithon Power, NTPC Stations, and Delhi based gas fueled generating stations. Additionally, the company will also be receiving around 20 mw from Solar Energy Corporation of India and 80 mw from Sunedison GreenKo.

Source: Economic Times