Active monsoon doing KSEB a power of good

Published: 11th July 2013 10:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2013 10:51 AM   |  A+A-

After last year’s big disappointment owing to the failed monsoons, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) appears to be on a roll this year when it comes to water storage levels in its hydel reservoirs.

As on Tuesday, the state-run power utility had enough water to generate 2,140.80 million units of power in its reservoirs, thanks to the vigorous 2013 south-west monsoon. In fact, the hydel reservoirs are 52 per cent full, according to the data released by the State Load Despatch Centre.

The 2013 storage levels are also the highest in recent years, and, compared to last year when the level was the lowest, indeed a big relief for the KSEB. The reservoirs of the 780 MW Idukki project is 48 per cent full while Pampa is 52 per cent full. Edamalayar is 38.8 per cent full and Kuttiadi 93 per cent full, the Load Despatch Centre figures show. The Poringalkuthu and lower Periyar reservoirs are 100 per cent full at the moment.

“We have received around three times more inflow than last year. And the inflow is at a fast rate. If the north-east monsoon also is strong, the state will be in a comfortable position for the whole year with regard to electricity,” M Mohammedali Rawther, member, KSEB (distribution and generation- electrical).

 In fact, the total storage levels in 2013 would enable the KSEB to generate as much as 1,531.38 MU more than last year. In 2012, the hydel reservoirs of the KSEB had recorded the lowest level in years, when it stood at 609.42 MU. This was largely due to the failed south-west and north-east monsoons in 2012. With the monsoon strengthening, the daily power consumption levels also have become manageable for the KSEB.

 On Tuesday, hydro power contributed 21.60 MU to a total supply of 53.44 MU. During the dry summer months, there were instances when the power utility had to slash hydel generation to less than 10 MU a day.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp