DERC wants industries to shift activities to off-peak hours

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has decided to encourage industrial establishments to shift their activities to off-peak hours, wooing them with financial incentives, as part of its efforts to stabilise power availability.

The DERC has decided to extend the Time of Day  (TOD)metering scheme, a concept borrowed from European countries, to all commercial consumers having sanctioned load of 25 KV so as to discourage them from consuming more power during peak hours.

TOD, also known as Time of Usage (TOU) or Seasonal Time of Day (<g data-gr-id="24">SToD</g>), metering involves dividing the day, month and year into tariff slots and with higher rates at peak load periods and low tariff rates at off-peak load periods.

DERC chairman PD Sudhakar said the commission wanted commercial consumers to shift to ToD to limit consumption during peak hours. “We want more commercial consumers to shift activities to off peak hours, so we have brought down the sanctioned load to 25 KV from existing 50 KV to avail the benefits of ToD,” Sudhakar said.

The DERC has kept <g data-gr-id="21">off peak</g> hours from 3-9 <g data-gr-id="25">am,</g> while the peak hours are from 1-5 pm and 9 pm to 12 am.

Experts said the move would help a large number of commercial consumers to migrate to ToD, thereby aiding <g data-gr-id="22">discoms</g> to address the problem of load-shedding. Asked if DERC was considering extending ToD to domestic consumers, Sudhakar said it was possible but added “huge investment” would be required to upgrade the existing power transmission infrastructure.
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