New Delhi. Electricity consumption in the country increased by 11.45 percent to reach 55.37 billion units in the first fortnight of October. This information has been given in the government data. The improvement in industrial and commercial activities has improved the power consumption figures. In October last year, electricity consumption in the entire month was 97.84 billion units. Experts say that the data for the first fortnight of October this year indicated that electricity consumption would register more than 10 percent increase during the month on an annual basis.
He said that electricity consumption has increased by more than 10 per cent in the first fortnight, indicating that there has been a significant improvement in commercial and industrial demand for electricity after easing the lockdown. The government imposed a nationwide lockdown on 25 March to prevent the spread of Kovid-19. After that, electricity consumption started declining from March. Electricity consumption was affected for six consecutive months from March to August due to the conditions created due to Kovid-19.
On an annual basis, electricity consumption declined by 8.7 percent in March. Thereafter it declined by 23.2 percent in April, 14.9 percent in May, 10.9 percent in June, 3.7 percent in July and 1.7 percent in August. Electricity consumption was up 11.73 percent in February. After six months in September, consumption of busy was up 4.6 percent at 112.43 billion units.
The figure stood at 107.51 billion units in September 2019. Earlier this month, Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh had said, “Our demand for electricity has been higher in September than in 2019. As such, the demand for electricity has started increasing. Despite the bottlenecks caused by Kovid-19, our electricity demand and consumption is improving. ”