India’s power consumption rises by 2.2% y-o-y to 105.54 billion units in February 2022

India’s power consumption growth remained subdued at 2.2 per cent year-on-year in February to 105.54 billion units (BU), showing the impact of local restrictions imposed by the states due to the third wave of COVID-19. Power consumption in February 2021 was 103.25 BU, a tad lower than 103.81 BU in the same month of 2020, as per the power ministry data.

According to the data, peak power demand met or highest supply in a day rose to 193.64 GW in the month under review compared to 187.97 GW in February 2021 and 176.38 GW in February 2020.

The local restriction had affected industrial and commercial demand, the experts said. The third wave of the pandemic hit the country in January 2022, which forced many states to impose local restrictions like night and weekend curfews. They have also taken measures like banning dining in bars and restaurants. These restrictions were eased gradually by the states in February.

It is expected that the power demand and consumption would improve in the coming months as the states are now lifting local restrictions after a decline in the positivity rate. Power consumption would surge with increased industrial and commercial activities after the easing of lockdown restrictions and due to the onset of summers in the coming months.  Power consumption grew 1.8 per cent in January 2022 to 111.80 BU from 109.76 BU in the year-ago period.It had grown by 3.3 per cent in December 2021 to 109.17 BU from 105.62 BU a year ago. In November 2021, power consumption increased 2.5 per cent to 99.32 BU from 96.88 BU in the year-ago month.

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