Report surge in energy demand
Ruchika M Khanna
Chandigarh, January 5
Because the winter season peaks, Punjab is witnessing a file surge within the demand for energy. Due to the free 300 models of energy dole to home customers, the demand for energy for home consumption is resulting in the surge in demand.
Info obtainable with The Tribune reveals that the facility demand touched a peak of 8,736 MW on Wednesday, as in comparison with 6,321 MW on the identical day final yr — a rise of 24 per cent. It’s learnt that the facility consumption amongst home customers is up by virtually 40 per cent. Since 300 models of energy per thirty days is free, customers have reportedly began utilizing extra energy.
In December, the general consumption had elevated by simply 4 per cent. In January, the consumption is up by 21 per cent. The consumption has been rising steadily since December 22, as per the facility demand and consumption traits.
Because the state braces to satisfy this unprecedented energy demand, all thermal energy producing models are actually working to their full capability. Official sources within the Punjab State Energy Company Restricted have advised The Tribune that they’ve additionally requested GVK — a personal energy era firm at Goindwal Sahib — to start out working its second unit to satisfy the rising demand.
With the Ropar Headworks (canal water provide) being closed for 21 days, the demand for energy in each agriculture and for consuming water provide via tubewells is certain to go up additional. “Along with working our thermal models to their full capability, now we have additionally began shopping for energy from the alternate. Because the demand peaks within the morning and night, we’re pressured to purchase energy throughout these peak hours at Rs 7-12 per unit,” mentioned a senior officer.
Whilst the federal government has been claiming that 90 per cent of the home customers are getting zero energy payments, the subsidy burden without spending a dime energy goes up.