Delhi discoms brace for summer demand

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TPDDL caters to subscribers in north and northwest Delhi while BSES serves customers in south, west, east and central Delhi. (PTI)

Power distribution companies (discoms) in the national capital have estimated that peak power demand would be more than 6,500 MW during the coming summer season. This is more than the record demand of 6,261 MW witnessed last summer. Electricity in Delhi is supplied by TPDDL and BSES, the power distribution units of Tata Power and Reliance Infrastructure, respectively. TPDDL caters to subscribers in north and northwest Delhi while BSES serves customers in south, west, east and central Delhi. South and west Delhi are expected to demand 2,800 MW at their peak, about 5% higher than last year. At 1,600 MW, east and central Delhi are seen to consume 7% more power than last year at their peak. TPDDL expects more than 6% rise in peak demand in its area.

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BSES plans to tackle the demand through long-term power purchase pacts and banking arrangements with other states, from which it hopes to get around 370 MW. As a contingency plan, it may also buy power from the spot market. TPDDL will get back up to 200 MW from states which it had exported to during winter.

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