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Cut in LPG cylinders could bleed Kerala State Electricity Board

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LPG CylinderThe central government decision to cut down the number of subsidized LPG cylinders to domestic consumers would agonize not only the average middle class households, but also the Kerala State Electricity Board, which is already beset with the problem of acute power shortage. According to KSEB, electricity consumption during morning hours has been showing a steady increase. Scarcity of cooking gas would further propel this, as most households now see induction cooker as the best alternative.

As per KSEB statistics, power consumption during morning hours on Friday (Sept 14) was 3,062MW against the morning peak consumption of 2,026MW on July 8 this year. Widespread use of induction cookers is seen as one of the prime reasons for this. Though the board is set to introduce 'time of day' metering for consumers using more than 500 units a month, majority of domestic consumers won't come under this.

For consumers using less than 500 units, electricity will be as cheap as the cost of subsidized LPG cylinders. This would trigger the energy demands of average households," said energy management centre (EMC)-Kerala director Dharesan Unnithan. The EMC recently conducted a study on the spiralling use of induction cookers in Kerala. As per the study, marketing campaigns that project induction cookers as cheaper than LPG cylinders could not be believed as such.

"A single brand of induction cookers sold over 40,000 pieces last year. If we take a moderate number of 1,00,000 pieces as being used at a specific time, the resultant load will be 200MW, coinciding with the morning peak," the study says.

Source- TOI


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