Delhi Discom Braces for Peak Demand of winters; Demand Likely to Touch 1700 MW

With the capital city experiencing winters ahead of the schedule, and the minimum temperature equivalent to several hill stations, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (Tata Power-DDL) said that it is fully prepared to ensure adequate power availability during this winter season to a populace of 7 million in its area of operations in North Delhi.

November 09, 2020. By Manu Tayal

With the capital city experiencing winters ahead of the schedule, and the minimum temperature equivalent to several hill stations, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (Tata Power-DDL) said that it is fully prepared to ensure adequate power availability during this winter season to a populace of 7 million in its area of operations in North Delhi.

As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature will be comparatively lower this season vis-a-vis previous years. Thus, the Delhi Discom said that it is prepared with its action plan to provide relief, assuring 24X7 power supply to all the essential services and its consumers.

The company said that it is geared up to manage the peak power demand in case of severe winters. Also, it is expecting that the peak demand this season to touch 1700 MW and has made long-term power tie-ups for meeting the same effectively.

On managing the peak demand, Tata Power-DDL said that a total of 2 GW of power is available from long-term sources with it which would help the anticipated demand.

The overall winter peak demand for Delhi is expected to touch a record high of 5400 MW. On January 1, 2020 (last winter season), Delhi touched the record peak demand of 5343 MW as the company’s recorded its all-time high of 1588 MW.

Commenting on the development, Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO of Tata Power-DDL, said “we are fully prepared to ensure warm and safe winters to our consumers and this is only possible through an uninterrupted power supply. We have made surplus arrangement of up to 300 MW over and above the expected peak demand, which will also cater to the contingencies. Besides this, we are using a mix of smart technologies like AI & Machine Learning for better load forecasting to provide reliable power supply to all our consumers.”

The company’s power-supply arrangements during the winter-months include long-term agreements from power-plants like Maithon Power, NTPC Stations, and Delhi based gas fuelled generating stations. Besides, it will also be receiving around 20 MW from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), 180 MW from Sunedison GreenKo and around 30 MW from Wind Energy.

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