New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- January 20, 2010 - The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has issued a call for comments on a proposal to introduce time of day metering for industrial consumers in Delhi.

The Commission says that the National Electricity Policy and the National Tariff Policy mandate it to introduce TOD metering in order to reduce electricity demand during peak hours. In addition the introduction of TOD metering has been a long standing demand of various stakeholders in Delhi.

TOD metering could be made applicable for those consumers where there is a possibility of shifting the peak load to off-peak hours, the Commission suggests. While other categories of consumers may not be able to shift their load from peak to off-peak hours because of the nature of their activities, such possibility exists for industrial consumers in Delhi.

As peak hours are normally in the evening, it would be possible to begin with a higher tariff during the peak hours from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and a reduced tariff during the off-peak hours from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., the Commission continues.

Comments on the proposal are required by February 6, 2010.