Coal shortage; Kerala may face electricity crisis

Use your electricity wisely in the coming days as Kerala may be facing scarcity due to the unavailability of imported electricity.

Thiruvananthapuram: Use your electricity wisely in the coming days as Kerala may be face shortage due to unavailability to purchase electricity.

India has shortage of coal and the electricity generation is low in the country. The consumption in Kerala remains low at present due to rain. It will change when the climate changes.

In the past week, according to the state officials, a reduction of around 300-500 megawatts of electricity is witnessed in the purchase from other states. A shortfall of 200 megawatts in buying power from the long-term contracts with the other state power plants and a shortage of 150 megawatts in the supply from the Union Government’s plants are recorded.

The price for electricity at night has shot up to Rs 20 per unit in the Power Exchange in recent days.

Hydroelectric power is Kerala’s immediate response to the crisis. The second unit in the Idukki dam will commission next year itself, electricity minister K Krishnankutty said.

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