Electricity consumption hits all-time record with onset of summer 

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Seethathodu: With increase in temperature, electricity consumption has also touched a record level in the state. A record utilisation of 89.62 million units was marked on March 15. Last year’s record of 88.42 million units recorded on March 19 has been broken this year.

If Kerala does not receive enough summer rains, the consumption may cross 90 million units per day within March itself. With a surge in consumption, the state also has to increase the borrowing limit. Out of the 86.9724 million units consumed the other day, only 25.0653 million units were generated in the state. 61.9072 million units were borrowed from outside.

Maximum electricity was produced from Idukki and Sabarigiri. It is estimated that electricity consumption would go up further with the start of examinations.

However, more water has been stored in reservoirs when compared to last year, with an average of 57 per cent in many reservoirs. It has been the highest water level in summer for the last five years. 2368.221 million units of electricity can be generated with this capacity of water. Hence, the electricity board has evaluated that the electricity distribution can be carried out without any lapses till June 30.

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