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India's electricity usage increased 17.2% in June to 134.13 billion units

According to data from the electricity ministry, power consumption in June of last year was 114.48 BU, higher than 105.08 BU in the same month of 2020

July 01, 2022 3:32 IST | India Infoline News Service

In June, the nation's power consumption increased by 17.2% year over year to 134.13 billion units (BU), due to extreme heat and a surge in economic activity.


According to data from the electricity ministry, power consumption in June of last year was 114.48 BU, higher than 105.08 BU in the same month of 2020.


Additionally, in June of this year, the peak power demand met, which is the maximum supply in a day, stayed at an all-time high of 209.80 GW (on June 8). In June 2021, the highest electricity supply was 191.24 GW, whereas, in June 2020, it was 164.98 GW.


The introduction of lockdown limitations to stop the coronavirus's spread in June 2020 had an impact on both the demand for and use of electricity. In June 2019 (the pre-pandemic period), 117.98 billion units of electricity were consumed.


Experts claim that the country's increased commercial and industrial electrical needs are mostly attributable to the extreme heat and surge in economic activity. When the third pandemic wave struck the nation in January of this year, several governments were obliged to enact regional restrictions including weekend and nighttime curfews. Additionally, they had implemented restrictions including a prohibition on dining in pubs and eateries. These limitations were eventually loosened.


Experts predict that in the upcoming months, both electricity demand and consumption will likely increase more rapidly.

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