Thiruvananthapuram: Sweltering days are ahead for electricity consumers in the state with water levels in the dams falling and load-shedding and rate increases on the cards.
The KSEB does not plan to impose load-shedding till July 15, but thereafter it will review the situation, according to KSEB chairman N. S. Pillai.
The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission has decided to increase electricity charges of domestic consumers by 10 percent from next week. The KSEB has asked KSERC to increase the rate by 60 paisa - 70 paisa per unit. Currently, 432 million units of power can be generated from the dams in the state. The meteorological office has predicted intensification of south-west monsoon by next week.
"Kerala gets 64 million units of electricity from central generating stations and private power stations. Among them, all except two power stations produce electricity using coal. Load-shedding will be required only if electricity from these stations is not provided to Kerala," said Mr. Pillai.
Several places in the city experienced power failure in the wee hours of Thursday due to disruption in the supply from outside the state....