To keep itself up-to-date with the rapidly changing electricity consumption pattern of its customers,the Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited (MGVCL),the company responsible for power distribution in central Gujarat,has proposed that families and commercial consumers declare the list of electrical equipments that they use. The company plans to conduct a survey of residential and commercial consumers around twenty lakh in number and spread over five districts in order to find out the equipments that they use.
The move comes even as MGVCL experiences a sharp increase in the number of complaints about blowing of transformer circuit fuse that trips local electricity supplies,a senior official said. MGVCL officials have attributed this to the rapid addition of electrical equipments in both households and shops,including a variety of appliances such as air-conditioner,geyser,refrigerator,mixer,heaters,toasters,ovens,electric cookers,among others. These equipments have gradually increased the load on the power supply system which is not necessarily equipped.
The increase in the number of cases of power failure at the local level is because many households can now afford such home appliances, chief engineer,MGVCL,S M Godkhindi said. Officials said electricity consumption pattern has changed significantly over the last few years,and more visibly in the last two years,during which time they have seen an increase in the number of complaints regarding blowing up of circuit fuse of a transformer due to overloading.
Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) secretary Ketan Shukla said such a survey will come in handy for power distribution companies to understand the changing patterns in domestic power consumption.
All power distribution companies will have to undertake such surveys to understand power consumption patterns at domestic level and manage demand and supply of electricity more effectively. This is vital because consumer pattern,at least at the domestic level,has changed significantly now, he said. The survey is intended for only domestic and commercial connections,and not industries,MGVCL officials said.