Kathmandu, 5 October 2021 The high demand (peak demand) of electricity has reached 1270 MW on the day of Laxmi Puja of this year’s festival.
The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) had projected that the peak demand would reach 1500 MW on the day of Laxmi Puja this year.
NEA has recorded a peak demand of 1270 MW at 6 pm on the day of this year’s Laxmi Puja. Last year, the peak demand on the day of Lakshmi Puja was 1123 MW. This year’s peak demand for Laxmi Puja is 147 MW more than last year.
In the past, electricity was being imported to meet the demand of Laxmi Puja, but now it is being met by domestic production. During this year’s Laxmi Puja peak season, 48 MW of electricity has been exported to India while imports have dropped to zero.
This year, the peak demand of the surrounding area including the federal capital Kathmandu Valley has been recorded at 320.64 MW. Last year, the peak demand in the region was 296 MW.
The peak demand so far of the current Fiscal Year has been recorded at 1614.8 MW. This demand is from last 26 September. The maximum power demand of the system including the export of the same day has been recorded as 1758.8 MW which is highest peak demand ever.
A team comprising Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal, NEA director Bishwaprakash Gautam, Kapil Acharya, Managing Director Kulman Ghising and Deputy Managing Director reached the Load Dispatch Center in Suchatar on the day of Laxmi Puja and got information about power demand and supply management.
NEA has succeeded in providing uninterrupted power supply to the entire country on the day of Laxmi Puja this year. NEA had urged the consumers to light the lamps safely as there was enough electricity.
NEA had kept the heads of distribution centers, power houses and technical staffs on standby to prevent power outages on the day of Laxmi Puja.