Electricity consumption growth remains subdued at 2.2% to 105.54 billion units in February

“Electricity consumption growth remained subdued in February due to the impact of local restrictions imposed by states to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.”

“Electricity consumption growth remained subdued in February due to the impact of local restrictions imposed by states to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.”

Electricity consumption growth in India remained subdued at 2.2% yoy to 105.54 billion units (BU) in February, showing the impact of local restrictions imposed by states due to the third wave of COVID-19.

Electricity consumption in February 2021 was 103.25 BU, slightly down from 103.81 BU in the same month of 2020, according to Department of Energy data.

According to the data, peak demand, or highest single-day supply, increased to 193.64 GW in the month under review, compared to 187.97 GW in February 2021 and 176.38 GW in February 2020.

Experts believe that electricity consumption growth remained subdued in February due to the impact of local restrictions imposed by states to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The local confinement has impacted industrial and commercial demand, they said.

The third wave of the pandemic hit the country in January 2022, forcing many states to impose local restrictions such as night and weekend curfews. They had also taken measures such as banning food in bars and restaurants. These restrictions were gradually eased by states in February.

Electricity demand and consumption would improve in the coming months as states now lift local restrictions after a fall in positivity rate, they said.

Electricity consumption would rise sharply in the coming months with increased industrial and commercial activity following the easing of lockdown restrictions and due to the start of summers, experts said.

Electricity consumption rose by 1.8% in January 2022 to 111.80 BU from 109.76 BU in the same period of the previous year.

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