Power consumption crosses 10 crore units in Kerala as mercury soars  

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Thiruvananthapuram: Electricity consumption in Kerala reached an all-time high of 10.03 crore units on Thursday due to soaring temperatures during the summer season. Despite the surge in power demand, the state government has not yet imposed any restrictions on consumption.

The daily power consumption in the state has been gradually increasing during the last week with usage hitting 9.56 crore units on Tuesday and 9.2 crore units on Wednesday. The electricity required in the state during night touched 4903 megawatt, which is 518 megawatt higher than the previous year.

When the daily power consumption in Kerala crossed 10 crore units, nearly 7.3 crore units were procured from other states. Presently, the state has been receiving uninterrupted electricity from other states. It is expected to return the consumed units of electricity during the monsoon season.

When electricity consumption exceeds the average rate at night, it is purchased through the power exchange at a maximum rate of Rs 10 per unit. Any additional electricity purchased from the power exchange will be charged to consumers as a surcharge.

The government has urged consumers to limit their power usage, particularly during peak hours, as consumption is expected to increase further in April.

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