The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) on 04-04-2012 severely criticized the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) for targeting commercial and industrial consumers alone to tide over the acute power shortage in the state. KSEB should not have restricted just the high tension (HT) and extra high tension (EHT) consumers to tide over the power crisis. It wants to impose only half-an-hour load-shedding for domestic consumers. If the power situation is that grave, restrictions should also be imposed on the over one crore domestic power consumers in the state, the commission observed at a public hearing held in Thiruvananthapuram.
KSEB, in its petition for power restrictions submitted to SERC, had said the board should be allowed to levy extra charges on HT/EHT consumers. The board has demanded that this small section of consumers should pay Rs 11 per unit for power they consume beyond the cut-off point fixed by it. Though the number of HT/EHT consumers comes to around just 3,000, they consume 30% of the total power in the state.