However, such consumers have been given a small window of opportunity. They will be kept out of the TOD tariff structure if they can bring down their average monthly consumption bet-ween July and December this year to less than 500 units. They have three-and-a-half months left to change their power use styles.
Those consuming above 500 units constitute less than 0.5 percent of the total domestic consumers.
Under TOD, there will be differential rates for three time-slots: normal (6am to 6 pm), peak hours (6 pm to 10 pm) and off-peak hours (10 pm to 6 am).
If the consumer shifts the load to off-peak hours, s/he will be rewarded with a lower tariff, which will be far lower than even the normal tariff. Otherwise, s/he will be punished.
Domestic consumers normally have a tendency to operate their electrical gadgets like motor, washing machine, grinder, fridge and air conditioner during peak hours, between 6pm and 10 pm.
"Now, if their use can be shifted to the 10 pm – 6 am off-peak slot, they will get a tariff reduction," a top KSEB official said.
If there is such a shift in demand, it will reduce dependence on expensive power during peak hours, reducing the cost of KSEB's operations.
"This, in turn, can be passed on to consumers by way of a tariff reduction in future," the official said. The peak load contribution of domestic consumers is around 1100 MVA in the System Maxim-um Peak Demand of 3919 MVA.
Source- Deccan Herald