India's peak power demand hit a new high record of 200570 megawatt in the month of July 2021, a 17.6% increase over the same month in year 2020. The country witnessed the highest ever demand for power at 12:01 hours on July 7, 2021. This demand of 200570 megawatt was 17.6% higher than 170545 megawatt in July 2020 (on 2nd at 22:21 hours), a power ministry statement said.
This was brought out in the system operations highlights for July 2021, put out by the Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO), the ministry said.
The report also noted that average energy consumption per day recorded in July 2021 stood at 4049 MU, 10.6% higher than in July 2020 (3662 MU).
The 'Maximum All India Energy Met' (power supplied in a day) also touched an all-time high record. It was recorded at 4508 MU (million units) on July 7, 2021, which was 14.7% higher than 3931 MU on July 28, 2020.
According to the report, the renewable Energy sector has also seen impressive gains. Average Solar Generation recorded in July 2021 (158 MU/day) was 7.6% higher than in July 2020 (147MU/day).
Average Wind Generation recorded in July 2021 was 349MU/day, 64.5% higher than in July 2020 (212MU/day).
Additionally, solar and wind generation recorded an all-time high record of 43.1 gigawatt on July 27, 2021. Earlier, the record was 41.1 gigawatt on June 11, 2021.