Turn off that extra light

CFL CampaignSummer has not yet made an entry, but the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is already feeling the first heat waves with power consumption hitting an all-time high on Thursday at 51.97 million units (MU).

The KSEB is buying power at an average cost of Rs 7 a unit. States such as Andhra Pradesh have already launched massive power curbs to tide over power shortage.

Tamil Nadu is planning to go in for heavy power purchase. Another factor worrying the KSEB is that one plant at the Neyveli power station may go in for maintenance.

With the consumption expected to go up in the days ahead, the KSEB is planning to step up the power conservation campaign.

Also, the KSEB hopes to save at least 300 MW through the distribution of 1.5 crore Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), with special emphasis on south Kerala.

Under the programme, the KSEB plans to replace 60 watt incandescent bulbs with 15 watt CFLs. The KSEB had awarded the contract for the supply of CFLs to Philips. The distribution will start by March, along with the general campaign on power conservation.

The KSEB has urged consumers to go soft on consumption, particularly during the peak-load hours from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Source - Express News Service 20 Feb 2010

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