Electricity consumption in India increases by 18% to reach 30.33 billion units from July 1 to July 7



India’s electricity consumption rose nearly 18% in the first week of July to 30.33 billion units (BU) from a year ago and returned to the level of before the pandemic mainly due to the easing of lockdown restrictions and the delayed monsoon, according to data from the Department of Energy.

Power consumption from July 1 to July 7 last year was 25.72 BU. The electricity consumption was recorded at 26.63 BU in the first week of July 2019. Thus, the electricity consumption not only increased year-on-year, but also returned to the level before the pandemic. In July 2020, electricity consumption increased to 112.14 BU, but remained below 116.48 BU in the same month of 2019 (pre-pandemic level).

Experts say the recovery in electricity demand and consumption in the first week of July is mainly due to the delayed monsoon and improved economic activities due to the easing of lockdown restrictions by the states.

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