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Power Consumption in India Rises Nearly 10% To 70.66 Bn Units in First Half of April

According to the data, the country's electricity consumption increased to 70.66 BU from 64.24 MU the previous year between April 1 and 15.
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According to figures from the power ministry, India’s power consumption increased over 10% year on year to 70.66 billion units (BU) in the first half of April this year, indicating an improvement in economic activity and consumption habits.

According to the data, the country’s electricity consumption increased to 70.66 BU from 64.24 MU the previous year between April 1 and 15.

Peak power demand, or the highest supply in a day, increased to over 218 GW in the first half of April, up from 206 GW in the same period last year.

The peak supply on a single day for the entire month of April last year was approximately 216 GW. Given the increased length of heat waves, the ministry has estimated a peak electricity consumption of 260 GW over the summer season (April to June). The peak power demand reached an all-time high of 243 GW in September 2023.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts above-normal maximum temperatures across the country this summer.

According to experts, electricity demand would rise in the following days as showers in various parts of the country lessen the need for cooling equipment such as air conditioners and desert coolers, which are commonly utilized at this time of year. However, they stated that double-digit growth in power consumption indicates improved economic activity and a shift in spending patterns.

They believe that Indian customers are increasing their energy use on numerous appliances and gadgets, just as the developed world is. Furthermore, they noted that the expansion in electricity in the transportation sector, such as electric buses, vehicles, rickshaws, and trains, has altered consumption patterns and boosted per capita use.


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