Kerala’s power consumption nears 64 MU per day, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Thiruvananthapuram: According to sources, the state government has made it clear to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) that it does not need to take more financial responsibility in its efforts to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

“The average electricity consumption in the state has almost touched 64 million units. It could reach 80 or 82 million units at the height of summer in March. It is expected to s ‘set somewhere between 75 and 78 million units throughout the summer,’ sources in the council said. The increase in consumption should be seen in the context of the fact that 2016 witnessed the lowest inflow of water into the hydel dams. Compared to the water level in the dams over the previous year, there is a shortage of water for power generation of 800 MU as of Tuesday.

The Pinarayi government has already proclaimed its position that the state cannot hesitate to set up power generation units, both hydro and thermal, for a sustainable future on the electricity front. According to sources, the government has given a clear green light to KSEB to ensure that it does not burn itself out in the attempt to ensure 24X7 power supply in the state. “The council is already suffering a huge loss of over Rs 9,000 crore. It would be foolish for the council to opt for high cost power to weather the looming power crisis,” they said.

Currently, the council imports approximately 57 million units of electricity to meet daily demand. Of these 29 MU, the State obtains a central share and the rest is contributed to the State through long-, medium- and short-term electricity purchases. “The sharp drop in rainfall has upended the board’s plans for this monsoon. With capacity building works expected to be completed soon in North Kerala, the state’s ability to draw electricity other states would go from 2,600 MW to 2,700 MW.” With the water we have saved for the summer, we hope to maintain an average generation of 14MU. We may be able to increase the power import to 60MU. This will ensure that there is no drastic shortage. If there is a shortage, we can manage it if we get electricity from Kayamkulam NTPC power station. But, for now, there is no chance that KSEB’s purchasing power at around Rs.8 per NTPC plant unit will weather the crisis,” key council sources said. We must not forget the possibility of electrical corridors either. be congested in the height of summer, reducing our limits on evacuating electricity from other states. But even in the worst-case scenario, seven million units can be extracted from the Kayankulam plant, in the event of a crisis. But opting for high-cost power would then become board-critical,” the sources said.

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