Power demand peaking in Punjab and Haryana

June 25, 2018 05:10 PM

Punjab News Express/Vinod Gupta
CHANDIGARH: The maximum power demand in Punjab and Haryana touched a new peak this year breaking records for maximum power demand of previous years.

On Monday morning the power demand In Punjab touched 11973 MW highest in this season. The maximum demand for power recorded during 2017 was 11,705 MW in July. Similarly the power demand in Haryana touched a new high of 9954 MW and the maximum power demand met last year was 9440 MW on July 15.

On Sunday the power supply in Punjab was 2517 lakh units and the thermal units in state supplied 1072 lakh units. In the state sector Lehra Mohabatt thermal supplied 194 lakh units and Ropar thermal supplied 164 lakh units. In private sector Talwandi Sabo supplied 398 lakh units and Rajpura thermal supplied 316 lakh units. Today all the units of Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo along with one unit of Goindwal Sahib thermal are running today.

In Haryana the power supply on Sunday was 2043 lakh units. However the power supply on Saturday was 2135 lakh units, an all time high , and an increase of 405 lakh units from June 20 .The maximum power supply on a single day was 2010 lakh units on July 19 last year. The thermal units in the state supplied 681 lakh units comprising of 180 lakh units from Khedar, 170 lakh units from Panipat thermal and 116 lakh units from Yamuna Nagar thermal. CLP Jhajjar thermal supplied 215 lakh units. All the available thermal units in the state sector are running.

The water level in reservoirs of Punjab continues to be at low level as compared to last year’s water level. The Bhakra level is 456.5 meters against last year’s level of 476.71 meters on the corresponding day. This water level is about 62 feet less from last year. In case of Ranjit Sagar Dam project water level is 502 meters against last year’s level of 513.67 meters. As on today outflow from reservoirs is more than inflow. Once the monsoon starts this trend will change.

Despite record power supply the unscheduled power cuts of varying nature are applied in both states. In smaller towns the cuts are more frequent as compared to district headquarters.

The power demand will rise further in next two or three days until the monsoon reaches the region.


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