KSEB will reportedly focus on small hydel projects to generate power and income. According to TOI it spends around Rs 7,500 crore each year to purchase power from other states.
KSEB can reduce its loss only if it can construct more power generation plants. State power minister MM Mani speaking to the publication said “We generate 30% of the electricity required in Kerala. So, we will have to generate more power if we want to reduce the loss. The most important thing is to start projects that generate power at a cheap rate and hydel projects top the list,” he added “We have resumed the work at Pallivasal for the hydel project. During the period of VS Achuthanandan government, close to Rs 300 crore was spent on the project. UDF, which came to power later, abandoned the project midway. We would be starting 25 small hydel projects.”
The state government is also planning to produce power from alternative sources like solar and wind “After LDF govt took charge, it began solar projects that added 150 MW. We will be generating 500MW solar plants. Government institutions, CBSE schools, hospitals etc will have to generate solar energy. The government has started taking steps in this direction,” he said.
There are already windmills in Ramakkalmedu. According to the minister the state government will start more projects for utilising wind energy.