Energy consumption up 40% as Indorians stay indoors | Indore News
Indore: A prolonged lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak has led to a spike in household electricity consumption, with daily usage increasing by up to 40%.
Lockdown confining people to their homes as a safety measure to fight the pandemic has led to increased use of electrical appliances, leading to higher consumption.
According to Discom, the average daily electricity consumption in households in Indore has risen to 63 lakh units from an average of 45 lakh units per day during the pre-lockdown period.
Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company Limited, Vikas Narwal said, “The demand for electricity in households has surged. In the city of Indore, electricity consumption jumped by 8,000,000 units in just one week. »
Discom’s daily electricity consumption data showed a vertical trend in home consumption during lockdown compared to normal months. On April 14, household electricity consumption in Indore city stood at 63 lakh units compared to 50 lakh units recorded on April 1, according to discom.
From April 1 to April 5, household electricity consumption hovered around 50 lakh units to 52 lakh units while there was a sudden surge in demand from the second week of the month with the highest consumption. recorded high at 63 lakh units on April 14.
According to Discom, domestic electricity consumption in the region including Indore, Dewas, Dhar, Ratlam, Khandwa, Khargone and Burhanpur among other cities in the western zone rose to 1.80 crore on April 14 from 1, 50 crore on March 14.
The rise in temperature should also drive up electricity consumption. Narwal said, “We are all equipped to meet the growing demand. Our 400 civil servants are working during the pandemic in the city of Indore with round-the-clock services.”
On the contrary, industrial consumption fell by more than 200 megawatts due to the closure of commercial premises and factories. Industrial consumption by HV users fell to 279 megawatts on April 14 from 567 megawatts on March 14.