The T20 cricket carnival and temple festivals seem set to hit the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) hard during this summer. Ripping up the calculations of the board, the power consumption in the state has crossed the 68mu-mark( 68.091735024) on 22-03-2014,
The board was under the impression that the power consumption would be confined to an average 67 million units during this summer. "The resources of the board are stretched to the maximum. The board is still capable to address the reasonable demand for power. But we are no way in a position to cater to the unbridled use of power consumption. Unless the consumers show some restraint, the days ahead won't be easy for both the board and end-users," said KSEB chairman and managing director M Sivasankar.
According to the board, the demand for power was at its peak between 7pm and 7.30pm on Friday- the day when the Indian cricket team played its first match in the T20 World Cup. While the power consumption touched 67.22mu on Friday, it was only 66.21mu the previous day. But, It again broke the record on very next day to cross 68Mu.
Illumination in connection with various temple festivals across the state and rising mercury levels were the other key factors responsible for the sharp increase in power consumption, according to KSEB. Unlike in the past, there was not much surge in the demand for power during the SSLC examinations. To meet the sudden surge in demand, the board had to jack up the generation from hydel stations on Friday. The board generated around 23.5mu of power from hydel stations on that day.
The board has been able to manage the situation because of a number of factors that worked in its favour. First, the Tamil Nadu government has been purchasing power from NTPC, Kayamkulam, and BSES in Kochi. As a result, the board has been able to source power from these plants during the peak hours.
Secondly, the power purchase agreement the board had entered into with traders in the southern states helps KSEB to bring around 500mw of power from other states without interruption. At present, there is no auction in the power exchange as there is no power corridor available to bring additional electricity via the southern grid. Finally, the board is getting around 29mu of power as central share whereas the same was hovering around 26mu till last month.