New Delhi: Average spot power price fell 22 per cent at Rs 3.12 per unit in March at Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) compared to Rs 4.02 per unit in the same month last year due to lower demand. The total traded volume in Day Ahead Market (DAM) last month declined 15 per cent to 3,356 million units (MU) as against 3,955 MU in March 2018, according to an IEX statement. The Term-Ahead Market (TAM) traded 246.34 MU in the reported month, registering a surge of 78 per cent over 138 MU traded in March 2018. However, the traded volume in DAM in March was up 20 per cent from 2,794 MU in February 2019. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The average Market Clearing Price (MCP) at Rs 3.12 per unit registered 22 per cent decline over Rs 4.02 per unit in March 2018 and at par with Rs 3.08 per unit in February 2019,” the statement said. According to the statement, DAM experienced transmission congestion mainly towards import of power by southern states which led to volume loss of 120 MU representing 3 per cent of the total traded volume on the exchange. All India peak demand touched 169 GW on March 29, 2019, registering 5 per cent increase over highest peak demand of 160 GW registered in March 2018 (as per National Load Dispatch Centre report). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe percentage time congestion was 35.6 per cent. ‘One Nation, One Price’ was realised only for 3 days during the month. On daily average basis, 735 participants traded in the market during the month. In fiscal 2018-19, the DAM cumulatively traded 50,063 MU as compared to 44,842 MU in 2017-18. On all India basis, the energy supplied in March 2019 registered increase of 4 per cent at 110 BU (billion units) from 106 BU in the year-ago month. The total traded volume at IEX (DAM and TAM) stood at 3,602 MU in March 2019, registering 25 per cent increase from the previous month and 12 per cent decline from the year-ago period. In the entire 2018-19, the total traded volume was 52,168 MU, which was 13 per cent more compared to 46,215 MU traded in the previous fiscal.