Electricity demand up as factories resume operation
KATHMANDU, MAY 31
After the federal government determined to permit the operation of 44 forms of industries from April 10, electrical energy consumption has been steadily returning to regular.
According to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the traditional peak hour demand, which was round 1,200 megawatts earlier than the lockdown, has now reached 1,100 MW. Similarly, each day consumption has now reached greater than 20,000 MW hours (MWh). Before the lockdown, the each day consumption was 21,000 MWh.
However, power consumption remains to be 5,000 MWh lower than what it was the identical time final yr when it stood at 25,000 MWh. NEA had projected the demand to be 28,000 MW this yr, however the lockdown has massively hit its projection.
The energy utility had already began dealing with a monetary disaster after energy consumption began declining as a result of lockdown imposed from March 24. The authorities lastly determined to permit industries and companies in sure sectors to renew operations after a month-and-a-half after which electrical energy demand has began rising.
NEA Spokesperson Prabal Adhikari mentioned that the demand for electrical energy has reached 1,100 MW now at peak hours.
Due to the lockdown imposed by the federal government to manage the unfold of the coronavirus the demand for electrical energy had decreased to 900 MW even throughout peak hours when all industries have been shut down.
Average electrical energy demand additionally dropped to 650 MW whereas the ability consumption through the night time dropped to 400 MW.
NEA has mentioned demand has began rising not too long ago additionally as a result of energy getting used to function electrical home equipment like followers and air conditioners together with the rise in warmth in Nepal since a couple of week.
Adhikari, nevertheless, mentioned the principle purpose for electrical energy demand rising is resumption of industries. Consumption has elevated not too long ago by 200 MW as industries like cement manufacturing factories which devour extra electrical energy have resumed operation.
“All industries devour practically 300 MW to 400 MW of electrical energy,” he added.