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Explained: Why India is facing its worst power crisis in over six years?

India is facing its worst power crisis in over six years as a heatwave bakes vast swathes of South Asia, causing widespread power outages

On April 16, as evening peak time approached, the cost of electricity at the exchange climbed up to Rs 10.31 per unit by 4 pm
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A surge in air-conditioning demand due to an unrelenting heatwave this year, and an economic recovery due to removal of all COVID-related curbs on industrial activity, pushed power demand to record highs in April.

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India is facing its worst power crisis in over six years as a heatwave bakes vast swathes of South Asia, causing widespread power outages.

Here is a summary of the factors behind the crunch.

WHY IS INDIA FACING A POWER CRISIS?

A surge in air-conditioning demand due to an unrelenting heatwave this year, and an economic recovery due to removal of all COVID-related curbs on industrial activity, pushed power demand to record highs in April.

New hybrid work models adopted since COVID-19 struck in 2020 have resulted in millions of Indians working from home, boosting residential daytime power use. The gap between power supplied

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First Published: May 19 2022 | 12:00 PM IST

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