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Record India Power Demand Stokes Concern of Blackouts Rebounding

  • Peak power use rose to a record 210.8 gigawatts Thursday
  • Nation asks plants to import coal to meet rising consumption
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India’s electricity demand has soared to new records, raising fears that blackouts that had eased in recent weeks could return.

Peak electricity use jumped to a record 210.8 gigawatts on Thursday, surpassing the previous record clocked a day before, data from country’s grid operator shows. The power ministry expects demand to rise to as high as 220 gigawatts this summer and is pushing power plants to import coal to be able to supply that much.