R. Sairam

MADURAI: Restrictions on peak-hour (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) use of electricity by industrial customers have been relaxed by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) with immediate effect.

This follows an increase in power generation from windmills in the last week and appeals made by industrial associations, K. Balasubramanian, Chief Engineer (Distribution) of Madurai region, TNEB, told The Hindu here on Friday.

On Thursday, 17 associations of small and tiny units in Madurai district took out a rally in protest against the prevailing power cut and presented a memorandum to the Collector demanding uninterrupted power supply.

While the peak generation from windmills in the last week was 1,800 MW, the average for the past week was nearly 1,000 MW. This was much higher compared to the average power generation of 200 MW in the preceding weeks. “The power generated through windmills on Friday morning was 1,200 MW,” he said.

This enabled the TNEB to even relax the new urban load shedding of two hours in day time for the past one week, providing respite to city dwellers. [Since July 21, the system of one-hour power cut for Chennai and two-hour disruption for other cities and towns is in force.]

Mr. Balasubramanian said that windmills were expected to continue generating more power for a while. “We are still expecting a good monsoon that will increase the water flow to reservoirs in Tamil Nadu which generate hydro power and supply to us. So far, our reservoirs have not had huge inflows.”

Periyar catchment areas in Kerala had received rainfall and subsequently water had trickled into some reservoirs. However, hydro power generation was still low, he said.