India's power consumption grew 9.3% in the 1st week of August to 28.08 BU due to improved economic activities after easing of lockdown curbs by states, according to power ministry data.
During August 1 to 7 in 2020, the power consumption was 25.69 BU. It was 25.18 BU during August 1 to 7 in 2019.
Experts say the recovery in power demand and consumption in the 1st week of August 2021 is consistent and would further improve as many states have eased lockdown restrictions for raising economic activities.
They said power demand as well as consumption would see improvement due to higher commercial and industrial demand in coming days.
The commercial and industrial power demand and consumption got affected April onwards this year due to lockdown restrictions imposed by states.
Peak power demand met or the highest supply in a day stood at 188.59 gigawatt in the 1st week of August, which is 14% higher than 165.42 gigawatt in the same period in 2020.
The peak power demand met in the entire month of August 2020 was 167.52 gigawatt, which was lower than 177.52 in the same month in 2019, showing the impact of pandemic on power demand.