Bihar’s power distribution companies have proposed to alter the time-of-day tariff for industries as a part of the state’s differential power tariff scheme. Under this scheme, industries would get incentives for power consumption during the day and will be charged more than the usual tariff for consumption in the evening.
Industrial consumers are presently charged normal tariff during the day and the rates are lower at midnight. Senior power officers in the state pointed out that consumption peaks in the evening and goes down during the day.
This is so, they say, because of increased power theft after dusk and fewer service consumers, including office establishments and industries, even as usage by domestic and agriculture consumers peaks in the evening. As a result, the demand for power begins to surge in the evening and remains high till early morning. The consumption graph then comes down and hits a trough during the day, said officials.
Given this trend, the north and the south Bihar power distribution companies have surplus power during the day that they have to either trade or surrender, as it cannot be stored. It is to utilise this surplus power that the discoms have proposed lower power tariff for industries during the day.