With monsoon at city’s doorsteps and splash of downpour last week, the electricity demand has risen to its peak level of the summer season, touching highest at 6,998 MW on Monday. This is the highest demand ever recorded in the history of Delhi. It broke the previous record of 6934 MW recorded on June 8, 2018.
The peak power demand in BRPL’ area of South and West Delhi touched to 3,031 MW and 1,555 MW in BYPL’ area of Central and East Delhi.
A senior BSES official said the city’s power demand consistently crossing 6,500 MW shows the robustness of the Capital’s distribution and transmission system.
In order to meet the demand of around 40 lakh consumers, arrangements have been firmed up by the BRPL and the BYPL to source adequate electricity. “These arrangements include long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and banking arrangements with other States, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Bhutan,” the BSES official said.
The official also said BSES discoms will get up to 665 MW of power through banking arrangements. Additionally, around 150 MW of renewable energy from Himachal Pradesh and around 20 MW from Rajasthan will further boost the power arrangements. In case of unforeseen contingencies because of low generation and outages of power plants, the discoms will purchase short-term power from the exchange, he said.
He said BSES discoms have invested heavily to further improve and augment this network by adding new grid substations, power transformers, laying new feeders, shifting overhead lines underground and setting-up new distribution transformers among others.
The official further said several steps such as preventive maintenance, strengthening of call the centre, load balancing at substations, deployment of additional manpower, setting up of dedicated team for monitoring of complaints, deployment of mobile transformers, deployment of quick reaction teams to tackle exigencies, establishment of war room to review complaints and their resolution etc.