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India's annual electricity usage falls first time in 35 years

Power generation fell 0.2 percent during the year 2020/21, compared with the previous year, an analysis of daily load despatch data from federal grid operator POSOCO showed, mainly due to the imposition of lockdowns that resulted in a decline in electricity production for six straight months ending in August.

April 01, 2021 / 01:00 PM IST
Source: Reuters

Source: Reuters


India’s annual electricity usage fell for the first time in at least 35 years in the fiscal year to March, a Reuters analysis of government data showed, mainly due to strict coronavirus-induced lockdowns across the country.


Power generation fell 0.2 percent during the year 2020/21, compared with the previous year, an analysis of daily load despatch data from federal grid operator POSOCO showed, mainly due to the imposition of lockdowns that resulted in a decline in electricity production for six straight months ending in August.


Demand for electricity has picked up since, and generation grew 23.3 percent in March from a year earlier, the data showed, making it the seventh consecutive monthly increase and the fastest since March 2010.


Power generation in March grew much faster than the average increase in the last six months, mainly because India had imposed an intense nationwide lockdown in the last week of March 2020, resulting in a dramatic fall in power usage.

Electricity demand has been steadily increasing this year due to a pickup in industrial activity and amid higher temperatures being recorded in March in North India, which could have led to higher use of air conditioning.

Reuters
first published: Apr 1, 2021 12:57 pm

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