Extreme heat and humidity have pushed the state’s electricity consumption to an all-time high. Thursday at 9:11 p.m., the electricity consumption of 6,983 MW was the highest in the history of the state.
In 2022, the peak demand increased to 6,738 MW from 6,621 MW in 2021.
According to an official statement issued by Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL), the increase in electricity demand reflects BSPHCL’s enhanced capacity to meet the demand, supported by its robust infrastructure and nimble team.
Sanjeev Hans, chairman-cum-managing director of BSPHCL, congratulated the entire team of engineers and other employees of both DISCOMs – North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited and South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited – and stated that the power reforms implemented in Bihar under the direction of chief minister Nitish Kumar and energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav have been successful.
“In light of the increasing electricity demand caused by the heatwave, both DISCOMs have been instructed to maintain a continuous power supply by implementing safety measures. As the demand for electricity has increased, our team of engineers monitors power equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Fuse Call Centres are also open 24/7 to handle consumer complaints, he explained.
“Currently, there are 1,232 power substations supplying electricity to Bihar’s residents. “In the future, the number of substations will increase,” he said.