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Time of day to decide power tariff

Get ready to shell out more for using electricity during peak hours, as the UT electricity department will now charge according to the time-of-day pattern.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 10, 2013 15:27 IST
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Get ready to shell out more for using electricity during peak hours, as the UT electricity department will now charge according to the time-of-day pattern.


The new system - prepared by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) and up for public opinion - would be part of the multi-year tariff (MYT) concept, which is to come into force from the next financial year starting April 1.

Under the proposed system, the tariff during the day would be structured in three slabs, which includes peak, normal and off-peak. The time-periods would vary slightly according to different seasons of the year. The peak tariff would be 20%-30% higher than the normal tariff and the off-peak tariff would be priced 15%-20% lower.

The hours would be as notified by the state load dispatch centres in advance.

Giving an overview, UT superintending engineer MP Singh said: "For instance, the summer classification is: 7am to 10am normal, 10am to 6pm peak, 6pm to 11pm normal and 11pm to 7am off-peak."

Singh added that the maximum consumption of electricity is during the peak hours, for which they were forced to purchase power at higher rates.

For implementation of the new system, the electricity department will replace the existing meters with time-of-day meters (TOD), which will record the demand, time, and energy usage.

There are nearly 2.5 lakh consumers falling under different categories, of which 1.75 lakh fall in the domestic category.

The expected demand for this summer is around 400 MW. The average load of Chandigarh is about 150 MW/day, which touched 340 MW on May 24, which is the highest so far this season.


What MYT?
1. Under the MYT concept, the tariff determination exercise will be undertaken once in five years.
2. At present, the revision of tariff is done annually.
3. The joint electricity regulatory commission (JERC) has been stressing for introducing multi-year tariff system for the benefit of consumers as well as electricity department.
4. Officials say MYT will help in reducing regulatory effort on the part of the commission.
5. The system will also help in providing clarity on rules to be applied over a pre-defined future time period in advance.

Some interesting facts:
1. Total consumers falling under different categories in Chandigarh: 2.5 lakh
2. Consumers falling in domestic category: 1.75 lakh
3. Expected demand for this summer season: 400 MW
4. Average load of Chandigarh: 150 MW/day, which touched 340 MW on May 24, which is the highest so far in this season.