Thursday, November 21, 2013

Why bother about connected load? Isn't actual usage more important?

One of the biggest hurdles related to getting a new electricity boiled down to the connected load. The only purpose it serves at present is the security deposit collected by the department.

If the planners at electricity department actually use this data for planning, it would be as useful as applying Newtonian mechanics to individual molecules instead of statistical mechanics to a volume of gas!

Currently, it would be easy to compute the security deposit based on actual consumption, e.g. proportional to the maximum consumption during a billing period over a year. A billing application could automatically raise a request for a higher deposit as an when the consumption or the price of electricity increases.

Sending forms to the consumers which confuse them is hardly useful.

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