India’s peak power demand surpasses 200 GW for first time

Peak power demand in the country crossed the 200 GW mark for the first time on July 7, 2021, surpassing the previous all-time high of 197,060 MW recorded a day before.

According to IIT-Kanpur’s Energy Analytics Lab, 67 per cent of the load was met by thermal power plants when demand was at its peak, while 16 per cent was supplied by renewable power sources. Hydro power plants contributed another 14 per cent and gas and nuclear units catered to the remaining demand at that time. In another development, Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Power (MoP) and New and Renewable Energy has been elevated as a Cabinet Minister from Minister of State rank.

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