The central government decision to cut down the number of subsidized LPG cylinders to domestic consumers would agonize not only the average middle class households, but also the Kerala State Electricity Board, which is already beset with the problem of acute power shortage. According to KSEB, electricity consumption during morning hours has been showing a steady increase. Scarcity of cooking gas would further propel this, as most households now see induction cooker as the best alternative.
As per KSEB statistics, power consumption during morning hours on Friday (Sept 14) was 3,062MW against the morning peak consumption of 2,026MW on July 8 this year. Widespread use of induction cookers is seen as one of the prime reasons for this. Though the board is set to introduce 'time of day' metering for consumers using more than 500 units a month, majority of domestic consumers won't come under this.