Power Secretary said, peak power demand may cross 400 GW mark by 2031-32

Power Secretary said, peak power demand may cross 400 GW mark by 2031-32


India's peak power demand could surpass the projected 384 gigawatt mark by 2031-32 and even touch the new mark of 400 gigawatt (GW), Power Secretary Pankaj Aggarwal said on July 2.

India's peak power demand could surpass the projected 384 gigawatt mark by 2031-32 and even hit a new high of 400 gigawatts (GW), power secretary Pankaj Aggarwal said on July 2. | Photo credit: K. Murali Kumar

India's peak power demand could surpass the projected 384 gigawatt mark by 2031-32 and even touch the new mark of 400 gigawatt (GW), Power Secretary Pankaj Aggarwal said on July 2.

Speaking at the CII-Smart Metering Conference, he said the peak power demand in May has already touched 250 GW.

Mr Aggarwal said, “The way power demand has grown in some states in the last two years, this demand will reach 384 GW and can easily cross 400 GW by 2031-32. For this, we should have an installed (power generation) capacity of 900 GW.”

The government's estimate for peak power demand this year was 260 gigawatts.

Speaking to reporters later, the secretary said the estimated peak demand of 260 GW is expected to be reached by September.

With the onset of monsoon, a declining trend in maximum electricity demand has been observed for the last few days.

According to official data, the maximum power demand on Monday was 209 GW.


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