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TN: HT consumer segment shrinking

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CHENNAI: The total number of high tension industrial consumers will marginally decline in 2002-03 compared to last year. Consequently, the energy sold to them is also expected to come down.

This could either be because some units have closed down or more industries went in for captive power consumption.

Once they switch over to captive consumption for most of their power requirement, the load for these consumers will come below the level specified for HT industrial consumers, explained official sources. A couple of consumers have totally gone off the grid, according to them.

In 2001-02, there were 3,529 HT industrial consumers and the TNEB sold 8,489 million units to them. This year, the number of consumers is expected to drop to 3,499 and their energy demand is expected to be 8,395 million units.

In 2003-04, the number of HT industrial consumers is expected to go up to 3,561 with their energy demand at 9,008 million units.

More significantly, the number of tiny industries (low tension consumers) is expected to drop from 56,327 in 2001-02 to 20,000 this year and remain at the same figure next year too.

The TNEB sold 673 million units to this sector in 2001-02 and expects to sell 287 million units this year. Next year, the demand from this category of consumers is expected to be 316 million units.

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