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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Electricity Board is planning to implement the Time of Day (ToD) tariff for more customers. Under ToD tariff, the service provider charges different rates according to the peak hours of consumption.
The ToD is already in place for non-domestic users and domestic users who consume more than 500 units per month. Night-time usage results in a 20 percent increase in their rates.
The recommendation to include more domestic users in the ToD net will likely be a part of the proposal of KSEB to the regulatory commission next year. This will control the peak time usage, reduce dependency on other states for more electricity, the board believes.
Time of Day tariff
It divides the day into three categories- normal, peak, off peak.
Normal (6 am to 6 pm) - regular rate
Peak (6 pm to 10 pm) - 20 per cent higher
Off peak (10 pm to 6 am) - 10 per cent cheaper
The recommendation to extend the peak time to 12 am is pending before the regulatory commission.
Though minister K Krishnankutty said that the decision would not affect most of the domestic users, households will have to make arrangements to avoid using heavy equipment such as iron box or washing machine after 6 in the evening, to avoid a massive hike in the rates.
As of now, only 15,000 households are paying ToD tariff as they consume more than 500 units per month.