In view of the severe heat wave lately, the state witnessed the highest peak electricity demand of a historic 27,212MW on March 15, said MSEDCL managing director Vijay Singhal. This included Mumbai’s peak power demand that crossed 3,600MW on the same day.
Apart from the heat being a key factor for the rise in power consumption, several industries, manufacturing units and commercial establishments now are 100% operational, after the end of the third Covid wave, officials said. In Mumbai, the increase in demand was an indicator of a higher use of air conditioners, fans and offices reopening. MSEDCL officials said they had to distribute 23,605MW across the state throughout Tuesday as per consumer demand. By comparison, on February 19, it had a peak demand of 23,286MW while on February 8, it was 23,075MW in MSEDCL supply areas.