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Web Exclusive | August 2013

Shortage of peak power dips to 4.5% in July

India's peak power deficit for July has dropped to 4.5 per cent from 5.8 per cent in June thanks to copious rains. As per the latest data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the peak power deficit -- the shortage in electricity supply -- in July when the demand was at its peak, stood at 4.5 per cent.

According to CEA data, country-wide, there was a shortage to the tune of 5,745 mw in July. The total demand during the month was 1,28,461 mw and of which 1,22,716 mw was met.

In the North-East area of the country, power situation improved drastically as the region comprising states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram faced a deficit of a meagre 0.6 per cent when compared to 9.6 per cent in June. The total electricity demand in southern states, in July, including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka was 33,474 mw, of which 30,885 mw was met leaving a deficit of 2,589 mw or 7.7 per cent.

The south Indian region reported a deficit of 3,372 mw in June. In July, the northern region including the national capital recorded a deficit of 5.8 per cent or 2,553 mw. The total demand of the region was 44,219 mw of which 41,666 mw was the supply.

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