Between 2011-12 and 2012-13, the power consumption in the State increased year-on-year 7.55 per cent in April, 4.98 per cent in May, 13.23 per cent in June, 12.87 per cent in July, 8.63 per cent in August, and 8.74 per cent in September, according to a comparison given by the KSEB in its latest tariff petition to the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
From September 27, the KSEB had been resorting to cyclical load shedding in all 11 kV feeders for 30 minutes both in the morning and evening. In spite of the energy savings possible through the load shedding, overall consumption of power increased by 2.48 per cent in October 2012-13, compared to the same month of the previous year. In November, the year-on-year increase was 3.93 per cent. The commission had subsequently allowed the KSEB to impose certain restrictions on the quantum of electricity that could be drawn from the grid by High Tension/ Extra High Tension power consumers, bulk power consumers and non-domestic Low Tension power consumers at the normal tariffs applicable to each of them.
The KSEB has informed the commission that, in spite of load shedding and the power supply restrictions now in force, it was anticipating the year-on-year increase in power consumption to touch five per cent during the remaining months of the financial year. In September 2012, before the introduction of the load shedding, the average daily power consumption in the State came to 53.97 million units. It decreased just to 52.79 million units in October after load shedding was introduced. Then the average consumption went up to 55.22 million units a day in December. This is set to increase a level of 62.19 million units in March, 2013.