Power department officials say they are struggling to meet demand amid scarce coal reserves at state power plants and the state’s problems with private electricity purchases. As a result, various parts of the city have been struggling with power outages over the past few months. Officials said they had forecast an annual increase in electricity demand of about 8-9%. The spike caught them off guard.
In keeping with the trend, electricity demand in Gurgaon started to increase from April and peaked around July. But this year, March registered a 29% increase in demand – 1,316MW compared to 1,020MW in 2021. .
April was no different, as the city requested 1,671MW compared to last year’s 1,292MW. In May, demand was 1,680MW compared to 1,007MW in 2021. Also in June, electricity demand was 1,735MW compared to 1,466MW in the same month last year. Officials believe demand could surpass 1,900 MW this July – 1,750 MW last year.
In terms of consumption, too, the trend is similar. Gurgaon sold 300,000 units in April compared to 250,000 units last year. In May, the consumption was 335 thousand units compared to 204 thousand units in 2021. In June, the average consumption increased to 360,000 units compared to 273 thousand units in the same month last year.
According to officials, electricity demand increased as production increased and offices reopened and their workforces were withdrawn. For domestic consumers, the harsh summer – when the temperature hits 48 degrees – causes the air conditioner to run non-stop. Over the past year, the population of the city has also increased, especially in new areas.
Meanwhile, the city is in the midst of a deadly second wave of Covid through the summer of 2021. Most offices close and factories close. “Consumption has increased in residential societies as Gurgaon has seen unprecedented heat waves this year. Demand usually peaks in July, when most people use air conditioning. Economic activity is also buoyant and factories and offices are still operating as before,” an electricity department official said.
The official said discom is consolidating its infrastructure, removing some feeders and upgrading its transformers. However, this year, the state is facing a severe supply shortage. In April and May, Haryana faced shortages of 2,570 MW and 1,786 MW quantum energy, corresponding. Officials fear the crisis could soon reach 3,000 megawatts.
Amid dwindling coal reserves and power supply problems from private companies, the government of Haryana decided to purchase 300MW from a plant based in Thailand. Arunachal Pradesh until March next year. It will purchase an additional 500MW from two plants in Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Haryana Power Purchase Center (HPPC) will purchase 300MW from Kameng Hydropower Plant in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh through NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) for Rs 5.45/kWH. It has also reached a three-year agreement with MB Power of Madhya Pradesh and RKM Powergen of Chennai to supply 500MW from April to October.
However, for residents, there is no respite during a power outage. VMK Singh, a resident of Sun City, said his society faced continuous power cuts from 10pm on Sunday. “The first power cut was from 10am on Saturday to 3am on Sunday. Supply was disrupted again between 9am and 12:30pm on Sunday. Power was cut off again at 1pm and it has not been restored until now,” Singh said.
He said that they were unable to contact the DRV officials despite their many attempts. Discom officials blamed the outage on local fault. They claim that the supply to the rest of the city is fine. It was in mid-March that various cities in the state began to face power outages. On April 29, the government announced a schedule of power cuts lasting from 6-8 hours across the state. Gurgaon breathed a sigh of relief in May, as supplies increased, but other regions continued to sweat through the scorching summer.