The power consumption has gone up with the temperature rising in the State.
The average power consumption has gone up from 73 million units (mu) to 77 million. With the average consumption reaching the maximum level during the peak summer season, it is expected that it may touch 85 mu. As per the government records, the peak season consumption of last year as on April 30 was 80.54 mu. Electricity Minister M.M. Mani earlier said though the State power generation sector was badly affected in the last year’s floods, there would not be any power cut.
All steps would be taken to avoid power cut, he said. More power would be purchased from outside sources, he added.
According to an official in the Kerala State Electricity Board, this year’s maximum power consumption was 77. 87 mu, recorded on February 28.
Mercury may rise
The official said that the consumption level was steady in the beginning of this month. However, it would increase in the coming days.
With the arrival of the summer season, the power generation at the Moolamattom Power House of Idukki dam will be increased. The average purchase of power from outside sources has been nearly 61 mu and the State has a maximum transmission capacity to purchase 68.3 mu.