This was the fallout of coal shortage at power plants in a year when the country produced record coal, but rains hit movement of the fuel from mines to power generation units.
Experts say the recovery in power demand and consumption in September 2021 remained subdued mainly because of heavy rains in the month.
The per day average energy consumption this August stood at 196.3 MU as against 162.92 MU in the corresponding month last year.
Experts said power demand, as well as consumption, returned to pre-COVID levels in July and a strong recovery is expected in the coming months.
India's power consumption returns to pre-COVID level in first fortnight of July; up 17 per cent to 59.36 BU
In July 2020, power consumption recovered to 112.14 BU, but remained lower than 116.48 BU in the same month of 2019 (pre-pandemic level).
"We have decided to take legal action against the KSERC's order or else the board will be forced to recommend increased power tariff," a KSEB official told The New Indian Express
The commercial and industrial power demand and consumption were affected since April this year due to lockdown restrictions imposed by states to contain the deadly virus amid a raging second wave.
The recovery in power consumption and demand was slow in the first half of June despite the low base of last year, which indicates a slow recovery in commercial and industrial demand.
According to experts, the recovery in power consumption and demand was slow in the first week of June due to the low base of last year.
India’s power consumption data for April already shows signs of an impact caused by the second Covid-19 wave, which began accelerating to record proportions in the second half of the month.
Our planet will turn into a ball of fire because of our soaring energy consumption as the population soars, the world renowned scientist said in a video appearance.