The coronavirus pandemic has not only slowed down everyday life but has also wreaked havoc on India’s economy as businesses and trades all across the nation are floundering to stay afloat, and the average middle-class individuals are struggling to make ends meet in the absence of functioning work sources. In this bleak scenario, the recent revision of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) tariff has slashed the price for power distribution companies in an attempt to boost the state’s economy but is it enough? Or is it time to switch to more renewable sources of energy like solar street lights, solar inverters, etc.
Having been applied since April 1, the MERC rates have been reduced for the first time in 10-15 years.
The Impact of the Revision on Consumers
The tariff has been reduced by 5-7% for domestic consumers, while industrial and commercial consumers now avail the benefit of the prices being reduced by 10-12%. But compared to these high benefits, the tariff has been barely reduced for agriculture consumers – farmers received only a 1% reduction in electricity costs.
These revisions are for a period of five years and will allow power distribution companies to supply to consumers at a much lower rate.
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