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June 18, 2020

India lockdown cuts power consumption by up to 44% in large cities

Following India’s imposition of a strict lockdown in March, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the big cities saw a power consumption drop of up to 44% over April and May, Indian newspaper Business Standard reported.

By Yoana Cholteeva

 

Following India’s imposition of a strict lockdown in March, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the big cities saw a power consumption drop of up to 44% over April and May, Indian newspaper Business Standard reported.

According to data sourced from three private distribution companies in Mumbai, Delhi, and Ahmedabad, power consumption showed a significant dip compared to last year, but new trends such as higher digital payments and residential demand emerged as well.

The data shows Mumbai’s consumption in April dipped by 22% compared to last year, while the decline for May was 17% year-on-year.

The electricity consumed in licence areas of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, and Dahej fell by 35% in May 2020 compared to May 2019, as reported by one of the distributors.

In addition, peak power demand fell by 44% in April and 15% in May in Delhi, the country’s capital.

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