ISLAMABAD (APP) - Pakistan Electric Power Company on Monday directed its power distribution companies (DISCOs) to establish and operationalize efficacious control mechanism to monitor increasing electricity consumption by consumers. According to PEPCO, power distribution companies have been asked to regulate power consumption by its domestic, industrial, agriculture and commercial consumers in urban and rural areas in coordination with National Power Control Center. The overall electricity consumption for domestic is 44%, commercial 6%, industrial 24%, agriculture 12%, bulk supply 14% for over 18 million consumers. The peak electricity demand has been recorded up to about 16000 MW in the recent days. The major cause of this abrupt climb has been the rise in temperature and induction of about 60 million home appliances to the distribution system proliferating the electricity demand to almost 2000 MW, out of which the maximum electricity is consumed by the air conditioners and micro wave ovens. To manage this situation, balancing of customers load by phases is being done, conversion of LT -HT lines is in progress and consumers are being educated for implementing energy discipline and make contributions for energy conservation, it said. Grid system operations are being revamped and their technical audit has been planned for ensuring their operation worthiness. The company said power transformers are being replaced and many grids were upgraded to cater for the increased load while necessary vehicles have been provided to the field staff to enhance their performance in dealing with power disruptions and break downs, expeditiously.