The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) on Thursday issued orders for imposing Time of Day (ToD) tariff for high-end domestic consumers from January 1 next year.
Consumers using more than 500 units per month would be billed at ToD rates, which means, the tariff for peak hour consumption would be higher for them.
The KSEB has divided a day into three time zones, and fixed three different tariffs for each. Consumption between 6 am and 6 pm would be charged at Rs 6.50 per unit. Consumption between 6 pm and 10 pm, which constitute the peak hours, would be charged at Rs 7.80 per unit and the tariff for the usage between 10 pm and 6 am will be `5.85 per unit.
ToD meters would be provided to all domestic consumers whose consumption between July and December this year averages 500 units a month. According to current estimates, 24,000 of the 85 lakh domestic consumer population use up more than 500 units a month, KSEB officials said.
Assessment of high-end domestic consumers would be made every six months from next year onwards and ToD meters would be issued to consumers who average 500 units in monthly power consumption. The KSEB will supply the ToD meters, but a rent, which will be fixed by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), will be charged from the them.