The Kerala State Electricity Board on Friday appealed to consumers to reduce power consumption during the evening peak hours to prevent load shedding. The Board advised the public to reduce power consumption between 7pm and 11pm.
According to the electricity board, power generation has been affected due to monsoon rainfall deficit and reduction in power availability in Kerala. Electricity Minister K. Krishnankutty urged consumers through social media to reduce power consumption during peak hours.
Also highlighting the spike in power consumption at the national level, the Board said, “Due to severe shortage in rainfall, there is insufficient water at reservoirs of hydroelectric dams."
Annually, Kerala used to receive copious rainfall during monsoon. With an average daily power consumption reported at 75 million units. However, the rainfall deficit has changed the scenario, OnManorama reported.
According to reports, Kerala recorded its driest ever August as the state received only 6cm rainfall in the month. The state used to receive an average of 42.6 cm rain in August in the past, which was regarded as sufficient to meet the state's power demand, OnManorama reported. Reportedly, the state is also facing challenges due to the reduction of 300MW from central pool owing to technical issues.