Infrastructure – Power

The need for equipping Kerala Power System to meet the demands of the expected explosive growth in the industrial sector is well recognized. The expected growth in modern areas like I.T sector calls for increased quality and reliability of the system.

Increasing the capacity of hydel generation by harnessing the untapped potential in the State without much disturbances to the forest and its bio-reservoirs is the key strategy adopted by the KSEB. Hydel energy being green energy and low cost one, the KSEB continues to concentrate on adding capacity of hydel generation.

There are 24 Hydel projects owned by KSEB and 2 by private agencies. The wind farm located at Kanjikkode with an installed capacity of 2.025 MW is the only one of its kind utilizing the non-conventional energy sources. The Brahmapuram and Kozhikode Thermal Power Plants with an installed capacity of 106.6 MW and 128 MW respectively uses LSHS as fuel and are owned by the KSEB.

The Kerala State Electricity Board has an installed capacity of 2087.23 MW on its own with another 570.016 MW contributed by NTPC and private sector producers taking the total installed capacity of State to 2657.25 MW.

The plants that are catering to the energy demands of the State are the Kayamkulam plant of NTPC with an installed capacity of 359.58 MW and the BSES, Kochi Plant with an installed capacity of 157.00 MW. The KPCL, Kasaragod with capacity of 20.44MW is the latest entrant in the Independent Power Project (IPP) segment of generation. The balance is met from import of power from the central sector.

Energy Source in Kerala as on 31-3-2011

Sl. No.

Source of Energy

Installed Capacity (MW)

1

Hydel : KSEB

1997.80

2

Thermal : KSEB

234.60

3

Wind : KSEB

2.03

4

NTPC

359.58

5

Thermal : IPP

188.93

6

Hydel : Captive

33

 

Total

2815.94

 

Total installed capacity in Kerala from hydel, thermal and wind sources.

 

 

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