Soon,different power rates for peak,off-peak hours

Power regulator Delhi Electricity Regulatory Authority has fast-tracked the proposal to introduce different tariffs during peak and off-peak hours,and the move will be implemented this year.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 27, 2012 1:37 am

Power regulator Delhi Electricity Regulatory Authority (DERC) has fast-tracked the proposal to introduce different tariffs during peak and off-peak hours,and the move will be implemented this year. The differential tariff is expected to change power consumption patterns in the Capital,reducing the demand gap in peak and off-peak hours.

Following the implementation of the new tariff method,power consumers in the Capital are expected to get advanced metering systems that will give them real-time information on the price of power — depending on availability and procurement cost. This metering system,popular in the US as well as European countries,will have the option of making energy consumption a matter of informed choice as consumers will be able to shift their power usage to non-peak hours,thereby,saving on power cost.

DERC Chairman P D Sudhakar said,“We are working on the differential tariff plan for peak and off-peak hours,and hope to implement it this year… Following this,the advanced metering system will work as a direct link between the discoms and consumers,where the latter can get to know about non-peak hours and shift their consumption accordingly. Initially,this metering system could be introduced at industrial units that consume over 300 KW.”

Sudhakar said the one-time metering cost will not be a lot,and consumers will be able to save a significant portion of their expenses on power consumption.

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