Record rainfall in May leads to 100mw fall in peak power: Assocham

Record rainfall in May leads to 100mw fall in peak power: Assocham
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First Published: Wed, May 28 2008. 03 41 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 28 2008. 03 41 PM IST
New Delhi: The hottest month of the year, May is likely to pass away most pleasantly, particularly in Delhi as its peak power demand on an average fell by almost 1000 mw from 3300 mw from May 2007 to less than 2300 mw in May 2008 due to record rainfall received in most of Northern India, according to estimates released by Assocham.
Key Findings
* Due to record rainfall, average load shedding in Delhi in first 27 days of May 2008 was virtually nil which saved for it around 15 mw of electricity each day
* As a result of higher load shedding, daily power consumption of the capital was up by 20 mw for which consumers had to pay higher electricity bills
* Electricity bills for both domestic and industrial consumers are estimated to be lesser as neither coolers nor ACs were operational to optimum levels because temperature remained moderate and well within the range of 30-32 degree Celsius
* Record levels of rains have not only moderated temperature but also water reservoir levels of hydro plants like Nathpa Zakhari, Chamera and Salal which went up considerably to produce nearly 30% more electricity against their normal capacities
* Water levels of many reservoirs going up means that even if temperature rises in June and subsequently, the national capital will continue to get higher allocations of electricity from central hydro power utilities and thereby avert a possible power crisis
* In May 2008 there was no excess withdrawal of power supply from Northern grid and the fall out has been that the national capital’s transmission lines faced virtually no stress. In May 2007, excess withdrawal of power from Northern grid was to the extent of around 400 mw on an average which caused faults in transmission lines
* With excessive rainfall on industry in Northern India, demand for ACs, coolers and other appliances cooled by about 40-45% but as a result of ample availability of power, even in states like UP and Haryana and part of Bihar and Rajasthan, industrial production in May 2008 is likely to record an increase of 25%
* In preceding months, fall in industrial production which on an average recorded to the extent of 35%, saw contribution of power being much more substantial as compared to input costs
* Elaborating on the demand for ACs, coolers and gensets, seasonal margins of distributors and dealers of products eroded substantially so much so that buyers have deferred purchases of electrical appliances for summer of 2009
* The most significant downfall in demand of power appliances was seen among residential consumers, hospitals, shopping malls, industrial and educational institutes
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First Published: Wed, May 28 2008. 03 41 PM IST