Weekly Power Sector Round up: 23rd January 2021

Power demand reaches all time high of 187.3GW

All India power demand reached an all time of 187.3GW, according to Power Minister R K Singh. The rising power demand indicates revival in economic activities which had dampened due to the pandemic.

Demand had plummeted starting April and only began to recover in September of 2020. The demand growth suggest all time highs will be hit often in the coming months.

Supreme Court allows CERC to resume operations

The Supreme Court has allowed the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) to resume operations and pass orders on 174 reserved cases.

The CERC has not held hearings since August, since the Supreme Court ordered two of its members to go on leave till such time a member-law was appointed. This left the CERC with just the chairperson while the quorum to hear cases is two members, besides the chair.

Now, the Supreme Court has allowed the two member to resume adjudicatory functions once the member-law joins the office. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had approved the appointment of Pravas Kumar Singh, member (legal), Jharkhand SERC to the post of member-law in the CERC, back in December.