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Time-of-day metering for Kerala power consumers

According to reports, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has made time-of-day (ToD) metering applicable for domestic consumers drawing more than 500 units a month. The meters have been installed at all such households, an official spokesman said here on Tuesday.

Normal tariff applicable for consumers in this category has been Rs 6.50 a unit. This rate would now become applicable only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., they would have to pay Rs 7.80 per unit, which is 20 per cent more than the normal. But during the lean period from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., they need pay only 90 per cent of the normal, which is Rs 5.85 a unit.

Tod metering is being introduced for nearly 11,000 high-end domestic connections in the State from the New Year. This is being done with a view to encourage them to shift part of their overall electricity use from peak demand hours.

The new metering and billing system has been occasioned by a direction from regulator Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission a few months ago. The idea has been to incentivise consumers to help solve the systemic problem of peak demand in the State.

An enduring feature of the demand in the State has been the wide variation in consumption during the day and peak night hours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This is best explained by the lack of a thriving industrial sector, which is a major consumer in neighbouring States of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

This is also what has essentially spared the State the 12 to 16 hours of hours of load-shedding/power cut declared by its industrialised neighbours.

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