THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the south-west monsoon finally flexing its muscles, the hydel reservoirs of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) are quickly recovering from the summer drought.
Four of the dams are filled to capacity while two more will touch the 100 per cent mark in two-three days if rain continues, according to figures released by the KSEB’s load despatch centre.
At present, all the dams combined have enough water to generate 2286.73 million units (MU).
The monsoon bounty has enabled KSEB to stop purchase of costly power from the NTPC’s Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Project(RGCCP), Kayamkulam, and BSES, Kochi, where the cost of power is above `11 per unit.
At the moment, the power scenario in the state is in the safe zone.
A KSEB spokesperson said that supply from the central generating stations(CGS) has been steady for the past few days.
‘‘So far we have had no problem with the central supply,’’ the spokesperson said. On the other hand, even though KSEB has increased hydel generation on the strength of good in-flow into the reservoirs, the bulk of the state’s daily electricity requirement is still met through imports.
For example, on Thursday, the total consumption in the state stood at 55.24 MU.
Of this, imports accounted for 31.82 MU. Hydel generation within the state accounted for 21.86 MU.