Time of day (ToD), a tariff system in which high tension (HT) consumers can pay for electricity, only when, used has now been implemented across the state.
The tariff system had been mandated by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) in its tariff order on April 30, but has come into effect now. According to ToD, HT consumers should pay Rs 1 per unit over applicable tariff for electricity consumed during peak hours between 6 pm and 10 pm. They will get a rebate of Rs 1.25 per unit for power consumed between 10 pm and 6 am.
The ToD had run into issues as Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOMs) had not finished installing special meters to monitor energy usage for ToD.
The KERC had issued a notice to BESCOM in September this year asking why the ToD had not been implemented. In a statement, the KERC said that the process of installing the meters had been completed on October 10 and the system would now go online.