Free Electricity In Delhi For Households Consuming Up To 200 Units
In a big relief to Delhiites, the Delhi government has announced free electricity for households consuming up to 200 units and a 50 per cent subsidy for people consuming 201 to 400 units. The government will spend Rs 1,800-2,000 crores on power subsidy, annually. Households consuming more than 1,200 units, have to pay 25 paise extra per unit and will be charged Rs 8 per unit.
It was in March 2018, when the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) slashed electricity charges across the board, by up to 25 per cent. This time, the DERC has reduced the fixed charges for domestic users, by up to 84 per cent.
Revised tariffs for residential users (upto 0.2 kw)
Tariff in 2018-19 per unit (in Rs)
Tariff in 2019-20 per unit (in Rs)
A power department official explained that within 200 units, a household can run one TV (LCD or LED), one refrigerator (up to 200 litres), one washing machine, three fans, five LED bulbs, 1 geyser (for one hour everyday), for 30 days.
How will the revised tariffs impact you?
The revised power tariffs will lead to an overall reduction in power bills. However, the biggest beneficiaries of the new tariffs, would be the low-consumption users, while domestic consumers falling under the high load category will be the ones who may have to pay a higher bill than before, due to a sharp increase in the unit price. The move will cover at least 35 per cent of consumers, whose usage is less than 200 units in summer and during the winter, the power consumption of around 70 per cent people is below 200.
Big cut in tariff for electric vehicles
In a step to curb pollution in the city, the DERC has also cut the tariffs for charging stations for e-rickshaws and other electric vehicles. People who charge their vehicle at home, (low-tension e-vehicle users) will have to pay Rs 4.5 per kW, instead of Rs 5.5 and people who charge their electric vehicles at public charging stations (high-tension users) will pay Rs 4, instead of Rs 5.
How will Delhi cope with excess power usage?
In the Delhi Budget 2019-20, the state’s finance minister Manish Sisodia, allocated Rs 1,790 crores, for the energy sector, out of which Rs 1,720 crores has been allocated for providing subsidies to consumers through DISCOMs. It was in December 2018 when the Delhi government introduced the Draft Policy For Group and Virtual Net Metering for Rooftop Solar, to enable utilisation of the huge solar potential, by roping in state-run schools, markets and other buildings of the government. While all of these initiatives will make a long-term impact on the reduction of carbon emissions and air pollutants, the reduced charges, for now, would bring cheer to Delhiites.
With additional inputs from Housing.com News