Electricity consumption grew by 8.2 pc in May against a backdrop of a slow recovery in commercial and industrial demand, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld
In addition, the two cyclones that hit the east and west coasts of the country in May resulted in power outages and lower consumption due to rains in different parts of the country during the peak summer season, they said.
They hope that commercial and industrial energy use as well as demand will increase in the coming days, with many states easing local lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the second wave of coronavirus after the number of new daily positive COVID cases- 19 started to drop.
Power consumption for the entire month of May of last year was 102.08 BU due to the impact of the lockdown imposed to curb COVID-19 and had seen a drop of almost 15% in year-on-year change in May 2020.
Power consumption was 120.02 BU in May 2019.
As a result, energy use in May of this year did not recover as quickly as it should have been, given the base decline in 2020.
Last year, the government imposed lockdown on March 25, 2020 to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown was subsequently eased gradually, but affected economic and commercial activities and resulted in a decline in commercial and industrial demand for electricity in the country.
Energy consumption in April 2021 saw an annual growth of almost 40% to 118.08 BU.
Electricity consumption in April 2020 had fallen to 84.55 BU from 110.11 BU in the same month in 2019, mainly due to the decrease in economic activities following the imposition of the foreclosure by the government in the last week. March 2020, to contain the spread of deadly COVID-19.
Likewise, peak electricity demand met or the highest power supply in one day also fell to 132.73 GW in April of last year, from 176.81 GW in the same month in 2019, showing the impact of foreclosure on economic activities.
However, this year, peak power demand met improved to 182.55 GW in April.
In May of this year, the peak electricity demand met or the highest one-day supply reached the highest level of 168.78 GW and recorded a growth of more than 1.5% compared to to 166.22 GW (peak reached) recorded the same month in 2020.
Power consumption in February of this year was recorded at 103.25 BU against 103.81 BU last year. But 2020 was a leap year.
In March of this year, power consumption increased by almost 22% to 120.63 BU, compared to 98.95 BU in the same month of 2020.
After a six-month gap, electricity consumption had grown by 4.6% year-on-year in September 2020 and 11.6% in October 2020. In November 2020, the growth in electricity consumption increased. slowed to 3.12%, mainly due to the early onset of winters.
In December 2020, electricity consumption increased by 4.5% while it was up 4.4% in January 2021.