India’s annual electricity consumption fell for the first time in at least 35 years in the fiscal year to March, according to a Reuters analysis of government data, largely due to a severe lockout caused by coronaviruses across the country.
Electricity production decreased by 0.2% during the year 2020/21, compared to the previous year, an analysis of the daily cargo data from the federal network operator POSOCO showed, mainly due to the imposition of locks that led to a reduction of electricity generation for six consecutive months ending in August.
Electricity demand has risen since then and production rose 23.3% in March from a year earlier, according to the data, making it the seventh consecutive monthly increase and the fastest since March 2010.
Electricity production in March grew much faster than the average increase in the last six months, mainly because India had imposed a strong national block in the last week of March 2020, resulting in a dramatic drop in energy use.
Electricity demand is growing steadily this year due to increased industrial activity and amid higher temperatures in March in northern India, which could lead to higher air conditioning usage.
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