Power consumption up with rise in temperature

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Old 21-Jun-2010
Power consumption up with rise in temperature

Anandpur Sahib, June 20

With the temperature running three-four degrees above normal over the past as many days in Punjab, the state’s power requirement went up from 1,749.2 lakh units on Friday to 1,908.2 lakh units on Saturday.

According to the Northern Regional Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC), Punjab witnessed total consumption of 1,666 lakh units on Friday, with a shortage of 83.2 lakh units. And on Saturday, the consumption was 1,677 lakh units while the shortage stood at 231.2 lakh units.

This, despite overdrawing 112 lakh units on Friday from the Northern grid and the import of 358.7 lakh units through open access, which is highest amongst the northern states, including Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, UP, Uttarakhand, HP, J&K and Chandigarh. Padamjit Singh, a retired Chief Engineer of PSEB, said rise in temperature leads to an increase in energy demand. He said the NRLDC data indicates that power cuts of 131 lakh units were imposed on Saturday, as compared to 83 lakh units on Friday.

The steady growth of temperature and the paddy season have increased the requirement of electricity. While agriculture experts said that power consumption would remain the same during the paddy season for the next couple of days, the weatherman has said the heat wave, too, was likely to persist, with a further increase in moisture level to be witnessed.

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