Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL): Empowering Kerala's Electrical Landscape
Our Journey Begins
Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) embarked on its journey under the Indian Companies Act, 1956, on January 14, 2011. It commenced operations as an independent company on November 1, 2013, following the issuance of the Certificate of Commencement of Business on June 6, 2013.
Our Integral Role in Kerala's Electricity Sector
KSEBL operates as a fully integrated electricity utility, managing the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity across Kerala. Our reach extends to nearly 99% of the state's consumers. KSEBL is wholly owned by the Government of Kerala and serves as a single company.
The Evolution: From Kerala State Electricity Board to KSEBL
Kerala State Electricity Board Limited is the successor entity to the Kerala State Electricity Board, established by the Government of Kerala on March 7, 1957, under the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948. Following section 172 (a) of the Electricity Act 2003 and mutual agreement between the Government of India and the Government of Kerala, KSEB continued as the Transmission utility and Distribution licensee until September 24, 2008.
A Transformative Transition
By virtue of the powers vested in the Government of Kerala under section 131 of the Electricity Act, 2003, the first transfer scheme notification (G.O Ms.37/2008/PD dated September 25, 2008) transferred all functions, properties, interests, rights, obligations, and liabilities of KSEB to the State Government until re-vested in a corporate entity.
The Rebirth of KSEBL
In line with section 131 (2) of the Electricity Act, 2003, the Government of Kerala (GoK) issued the Kerala Electricity Second Transfer Scheme (Re-vesting) in 2013 (GO (P) No. 46/2013/PD dated October 31, 2013). This historic notification re-vested all assets, liabilities, rights, and obligations previously held by the State Government in the successor entity, Kerala State Electricity Board Ltd (KSEBL).
A Legacy of Growth
Over the past six decades, KSEBL has evolved from an initial installed capacity of 109 MW to an impressive 3,678.96 MW. Our Transmission and Distribution networks have expanded to encompass over 373,313 and 87,877 circuit kilometers, respectively. Presently, we cater to the needs of over 1.37 crore consumers across urban and rural areas.
Adapting to Change
KSEBL's journey has seen significant changes in energy generation, cost structures, and consumer patterns. Our commitment to providing affordable electricity has been met with an increase in consumption, particularly in the domestic sector. This surge in demand has necessitated investment in our power infrastructure, balancing peak and off-peak requirements.
Renewable Energy: A Key Focus
KSEBL places a strong emphasis on renewable energy adoption, having added 1,105.672 MW capacity to the renewable energy landscape by the end of 2022-23. Solar power, in particular, has seen exponential growth. To address the intermittency of renewable energy, we are exploring the feasibility of Pumped Storage Plants and Battery Energy Storage Systems.
Our Three Strategic Business Units
KSEBL operates through three distinct Strategic Business Units (SBUs) dedicated to Generation, Transmission, and Distribution, each led by Full-Time Directors. Our Corporate Office oversees common functions such as planning, finance, audit, legal matters, human resources, commercial affairs, tariff, and regulatory affairs.
A Bright Future
Despite challenges, including the floods of August 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic, KSEBL remains steadfast in its commitment to providing reliable electricity to Kerala. We continue to support the Oorjja Kerala Mission, striving to enhance transmission infrastructure, improve power distribution, increase solar capacity, eliminate filament lamps, and prioritize safety in the electricity network.
Towards a Sustainable Future
KSEBL is on a mission to meet the energy needs of Kerala without imposing power restrictions by procuring power from external sources and power exchange. Our long-term goal is to achieve energy neutrality, promoting the use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, small hydro, and green hydrogen.
Our Corporate Structure
The Company is managed at the corporate level by the Board of Directors of the company headed by the Chairman and Managing Director. The full-time directors of the company takes decisions on routine affairs related to each strategic business unit and departments.. Key departments include Legal Affairs, Vigilance,planning, Administration, Public Relations, Personnel, and Commercial.
At KSEBL, we're dedicated to the empowering of Kerala with a reliable and sustainable supply of electricity, upholding the highest standards of efficiency, safety, and customer service.
Join us as we shape a brighter future for our state.