The loadshedding may have been lifted for now, but the power scenario is not exactly rosy at the moment. If the rain gods continue to ignore Kerala in July also, the power situation in the state is likely to worsen, going by data on water levels released by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). In June-end, water storage in three of the bigger hydel reservoirs of the KSEB is only half of the storage the same period last year. On Saturday, the Idukki reservoir was only 18 per cent full.
The KSEB said in a statement that this was adequate to generate 397.01 million units (MU). During the corresponding period in 2013, the Idukki reservoir was 35.19 per cent full.
The water level in Pampa, the reservoir for the 340 MW Sabarigiri hydel project, is down to 15 per cent, which is enough to generate only 112.3 MU.
Last year, this time the reservoir was 39.46 per cent full. Edamalayar is 19 per cent full, with water just enough to generate 49 MU. In 2013, Edamalayar reservoir was 49.31 per cent full at the end of June. ''It is expected that the monsoon will strengthen by Sunday or Monday,'' the KSEB said in a statement. Daily power consumption patterns have not changed much from that of the summer months.
The total storage in all the hydel reservoirs combined stands at a measly 18 per cent, with daily consumption averaging a little over 57 MU in June.
On Saturday, the consumption stood at 63.95 MU, forcing the KSEB to increase power production at its hydel stations.
The Kerala State Electricity Board had lifted the 45-minute loadshedding on June 27 with the Sabarigiri hydelproject re-starting operations.
The power project had been shut down for repairs on a butterfly valve in the penstock pipe.
Source- Indian Express