The capital may soon introduce LT Time-of-Day (TOD) metering in which power consumers in the domestic sector will be charged according to the power usage during peak and non-peak hours. The new system is expected to discourage users from consuming more power during peak hours so that loadshedding is minimized in residential areas. Power distribution companies often have to procure additional power from the market at a very high cost to meet the demand during peak hours. Last year TOD was introduced for commercial consumers.
RK Verma, power secretary, confirmed that he had communicated to Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) about implementing TOD for the domestic sector. "We have sent a directive to DERC to introduce TOD for the domestic sector. DERC has to look into the matter. This can help reduce power bills of consumers as well," he said. DERC officials, however, said they haven't received the missive and it is likely to reach them on Monday.
Consumers are concerned about this move. "TOD is not advisable for the domestic sector under any condition. This system is basically going to fix when one can use the geyser or the air conditioner. There are many kinds of consumers like office-goers, businessmen and school children who will have to use electricity during certain hours. How can they change their schedule?" said Atul Goyal of United Residents' Joint Action (URJA).
Commercial users pay a peak-hour surcharge of 15% in summer and 10% in winter. Sources said the peak-hour tariff for domestic users might increase to Rs 6.40 per unit during 6.30pm-10.30pm.