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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has again witnessed its electricity consumption crossing 100 million units in a single day. On Monday, April 17, the state consumed a staggering 100.35 million units of electricity, surpassing the 100 million mark. On April 13, and 14, the state had crossed the 100 million units mark with a consumption of 100.3 MU and 100.08 MU. This surge in electricity demand has raised concerns as the water storage levels in the electricity board's dams have dropped to 40 percent, compared to 42 percent just three days ago. In Idukki dam, the water storage level has decreased from 38 percent to 36 percent.
The power demand is around 4,800 MW per day, posing challenges for the electricity board to meet the rising energy needs of the state. However, both the electricity board and the department have reassured the public that load shedding will not be implemented for the time being. It is worth mentioning that electricity usage tends to be lower during holidays, but the current surge in demand has resulted in increased pressure on the power grid.
The dams in Kerala currently have enough water for power generation till June 20, with the potential to generate more than 1,300 million units of electricity. However, the continuous increase in electricity consumption has raised concerns about the sustainability of power generation in the coming days.
As the situation unfolds, the government and the electricity board are closely monitoring the power supply situation and exploring measures to address the growing energy demand in the state. In the meantime, it is crucial for the public to be mindful of their electricity usage and adopt energy-saving practices to ensure a stable and sustainable power supply for Kerala.