Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has made time of the day (ToD) tariff compulsory for high tension (HT) consumers with contract demand of more than 500 kVA with effect from September 1.
According to ToD tariff, HT consumers (HT 2(a) and HT 2(b) and who have ToD meters are required to pay Rs 1 per unit as additional charge for using electricity from 6 pm to 10 pm while getting a rebate of Rs 1.25 per unit for electricity usage from 10 pm to 6 am.
The aim is to reduce the peak demand in the evenings from industrial consumers and facilitate adequate electricity supply to the household consumers whose demand is mainly for lighting.
There are 1,812 HT consumers for whom the ToD tariff on a compulsory basis was made applicable by the order of the commission. The commission has found that its order is not being followed by BESCOM. A showcause notice has been served on BESCOM Managing Director P Manivannan.