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Power guzzlers get 6 months to fall in line

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TOD meterThree-phase domestic consumers, the group hit most by the power tariff hike, have less than six months to save themselves from another shock. They will be kept out of the Time of Day (ToD) tariff structure, which will be introduced from January 1, 2013, only if they can bring down their average monthly consumption to less than 500units during the six months starting July.

The list of consumers to be brought under ToD tariff will be based on the average consumption levels between July 1 and December 31."Consumers, at least the marginal ones who utilize just over 500 units monthly, have an opportunity to keep out of the system," a top KSEB official said.Under the ToD tariff, there will be differential rates for three time periods: normal (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.), peak hours (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and off-peak hours (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

The differential rates will work as both incentive and punishment. The objective is to induce a change in usage.

Residential consumers contribute largely to a high peak load demand."They have a tendency to operate pump motor, washing machine,mixie/grinder, iron box, fridge, water heater and air conditioner
during peak hours," the KSEB source said. "If they can shift the use of their domestic appliances like motor pump or iron box or fridge to the off-peak hours, they will be rewarded with a lower tariff. But, if
habits don't change, the tariff will be exorbitant," he said.

The peak load contribution of domestic consumers is around 1100 MVA in the System Maximum Peak Demand of 3919 MVA. Reduction in peak demand will reduce dependence on expensive power during peak hours.

Source- deccaan herald


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