The State is planning to set up two power projects: a 1200 MW gas based project at Cheemeni in Kasaragod district and a 1200 MW gas-based project in Kochi. At present, the big chunk of the power produced in Kerala comes from hydel projects. Idukki arch dam with an installed capacity of 780 MW is the main contributor to the grid. However, given its commitment to environmental sustainability, the State government is actively pursuing other means of power production.
The 5 mmtpa LNG terminal commissioned in August 2013, is all set to fuel power production in the State by alternative means.
The Department of Power and UNIDO have identified about 400 sites across the State suitable for small hydro projects, with a total capacity of 1000 MW.
The government is encouraging the private sector to set up hydel projects with installed capacity of up to 5 MW.
It is estimated that Kerala has a wind energy potential of 605 MW from 17 sites. The solar potential is as high as 14,346 MW while the rooftop solar potential is 6,187 MW.
Biomass gasification, which has been tested successfully in industrial areas has a potential capacity to generate 697 MW.