Even amidst the raging Covid-19, electricity consumption has increased by 15% in the 1st fortnight of May compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. Andhra Pradesh’s electricity demand surged to 196 million units per day during this 1st fortnight, as against the last year’s 170 MU per day.
According to the state officials, the energy demand for this month is expected to be an average 190 MU per day.
The energy consumption in the 1st week of May was 1,399 million units, as against 1,139 MU in the 1st week of May last year, representing a 23% increase. The national energy consumption peaked by 25% during this same period. In what could be an indicator of economic revival, the discoms expect that the electricity demand would increase by 12% even in June.
Srikant Naguapalli, State energy secretary said that meeting the growing energy demand is not a constraint for the power utilities of Andhra Pradesh. “The state government is supporting the power sector in improving of generation capacities, transmission and distribution, renewable energy generation, and other advanced technologies. We have a powerful power system in place in meeting the requirements of all categories of consumers,” said Srikant Naguapalli.
Srikant Naguapalli added that the energy consumption in the domestic sector in 2018-19 was 14,071 million units. “This had increased by 20% in 2020-21 to 16,896 million units. The solar generation capacity was 3,800 MW in 2020-21, as against 3,029 MW in 2018-19,” energy secretary said.