Pak Affairs

PEPCO finding creative solutions to manage rising electricity consumption

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electric Power Company has instructed its power distribution companies to establish and operationalize efficacious control mechanism in order to monitor and regulate increasing electricity consumption by its domestic, industrial, agriculture and commercial consumers in urban and rural areas in coordination with National Power Control Center.

The over all electricity consumption is for Domestic 44%, Commercial 6%, Industrial 24 %, Agriculture 12 %, Bulk supply 14 % for over 18 million consumers. The peak electricity demand has been recorded up to about 16000 MW in the recent days. The major cause of this abrupt climb has been the rise in temperature and induction of about 60 million home appliances to the distribution system proliferating the electricity demand to almost 2000 MW, out of which the maximum electricity is consumed by the air conditioners and micro wave ovens.

To manage this situation, balancing of customers load by phases is being done, conversion of LT –HT lines is in progress and consumers are being educated for implementing energy discipline and make contributions for energy conservation. Grid system operations are being revamped and their technical audit has been planned for ensuring their operation worthiness. Power transformers are being replaced and ,on many grids , upgraded to cater for the increased load. Repair , maintenance and safety equipments and necessary vehicles have been provided to the field staff which has facilitated them to enhance their performance in dealing with power disruptions and break downs, expeditiously.

PEPCO load management system has been consistently working to control the power deficit. On 19 July 2009, the demand of electricity went up to 16390 Megawatt. The load of 2492 MW was managed to provide maximum relief to consumers. NNI

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