Air conditioners have been increasingly replacing water coolers in Rajasthan. Due to the water crisis in the state water coolers are not favourable this summer. Also, an increase in income and affluence of people has improved their purchasing power. That’s why more people are buying ACs these days and this has had a direct implication on power demand in the state. It has surged YOY (Read)
In the month of May, the peak power load has gone up by 180 MW compared to last year. The maximum peak load of 10,903 MW was recorded on May 9 this year. This is higher by 180 MWs during the same month in the previous year reported at 10,723MW. The power distribution companies are bracing for the peak summer month of June which witnessed the peak power consumption reaching 2,549 lakh units (LU) on June 5 in the previous year. However, it was also during the month of June that the wind power supply reached its peak at 565 MWs in 2018-19. The peak wind power generated this year so far has remained 487 MWs.
According to the sources in the power department, there is no shortage of power as the Discoms make up the small variations in supply and demand by purchasing it from the power stock exchanges. However, all the electricity does not account for. But the Power distribution is also facing high loss which is around 20%. The power distribution department has a target to bring down the losses to 15%. To combat the electricity theft Discom will replace around 3 Lakh faulty meters.
No matter how much a State Discom claims about its strategy for meeting power demand it still needs to have a long term strategy to meet the future demands. According to SolarDae State Discoms should have more distributed generation asset in its network. This will somewhat reduce its mounting losses. Schemes for using more energy efficient instrument will immensely relieve the supply pressure.
The situation was similar some times back in Tamil Nadu. Power demand had jumped due to high usage of air conditioners.
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