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Indians are cranking up air conditioning as they still work from home, while lights come back on in offices and factories with an end to COVID-19 curbs, upending power demand patterns amid a heat wave and the country’s worst blackouts in years.

India has traditionally seen peak demand late in the evening when people head back home but that has shifted to mid-afternoon when temperatures are hottest, government data shows, driven by record residential daytime use, a pick up in industrial work, and more use of irrigation pumps to tap higher solar supply.

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