Electricity consumption 'dips' on Diwali

With the growing use of fancy methods of illumination during Diwali and with factories and major business establishments shut, electricity consumption contrary to popular belief actually takes a dip, claim top electricity distributors.

"Electricity consumption goes down during the festive season around Diwali as people move towards fancy lighting for decoration purposes, which hardly consume any electricity.

Consumers basically seek the joy of non-electrification days, during this period," says Ajey Maharaj, Head, Corporate Communication at the North Delhi Power Limited.

"Moreover, traditional lighting methods using candles and diyas takes over electricity usage, especially on the day of Diwali," he adds.

The company distributes electricity in North and North West parts of Delhi and serves a populace of 50 lakh.

Deputy General Manager, Operations at Delhi Transco Limited, V K Garg, points out factors which contribute to the lesser consumption of power on Diwali.

"The factories (one of the major power consumers) remain closed during this period. There is just a minimal load of usage that too in the evening for a few hours, which is negligible," he says.

Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) is the state transmission utility for the National Capital Territory of Delhi and also one of the six successor companies of the Delhi Vidyut Board.

DTL has also been assigned the responsibility of running the State Load Dispatch Centre, an apex body that ensures integrated operations of power systems in Delhi.

Some experts even attribute the lesser consumption of power to the change in the weather around the period of festivities that begins in October with the Navratri festival.

"Apart from that, due to the onset of winters during the same period consumers do not use air conditioners or fans. So, the electricity demand is basically less during the October-November period. It again shoots up around December, when geysers and heaters become a necessity," says Maharaj.

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