India's Power Outlook Series
India’s power sector has been evolving rapidly over the last few years, with several new developments on policy, programs, targets and achievements. Planning, implementation, monitoring of efforts and operations of the power system have become complex and necessitate strong data analytics.
Today, various power sector institutions generate and publish data and information daily. For example, state load dispatch centres (SLDCs) publish hourly demand met during a day. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission produces a monthly and annual reports on short-term transactions of electricity. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) publishes daily and monthly electricity generation reports. While an enormous amount of data is available, it is scattered and can be difficult to use in its existing form. For instance, the CEA reports provide data points which need to be analysed to draw inferences and conclusions. The analysis provided by private market intelligence companies and data analytics firms is often subscription-based.
India's Power Outlook Series is a set of three open-access volumes on the power sector in India which give readers a comprehensive overview of the sector.
Rural Electrification: Impact on Distribution Companies in India
Rural Electrification: Impact on Distribution Companies in India: This report was released and shared with all stakeholders, following the discussions at the 2nd Meeting of the Distribution Utilities Forum. The report examines the multiple challenges that Discoms in India face while implementing large scale rural electrification drives and post-implementation issues.
Solar Rooftop: Perspective of Discoms
Distribution Companies, being at the tail-end of the electricity supply chain, are a crucial link in the implementation of the government’s renewable energy plans. The current study analyses the challenges faced by the Distribution Utilities in implementing Solar Rooftop Systems in their license areas and suggests the way forward based on their point of view
Cost of Supply of Electricity
Cost of Supply is the cost incurred by the utility to supply one unit of electricity at its consumer’s metering point and is a crucial part of the tariff setting process. The purpose of computation of Cost of Supply (CoS) is to apportion all costs required to serve consumers of different categories in a fair and an equitable manner giving proper price signals and identifying subsidy/cross-subsidy among consumer categories for developing an appropriate policy and a regulatory way forward. In India, industrial and commercial consumers are generally charged a higher electricity tariff in order to subsidize agricultural and domestic consumers, who are charged a tariff which is lower than the actual CoS.
Open Access Stakeholder, Prospective
Electricity Act, 2003 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) was enacted inter alia for taking measures conducive to the development of electricity sector, promoting competition therein, and protecting the interest of consumers. One of the key measures introduced in the Act to facilitate competition and provide a choice for sale and purchase of power is the introduction of open access (OA) in transmission and distribution. Open access enables large consumers to bring economy in the procurement of power from suppliers other than the Discom in whose license area they are situated.
Electric Vehicles - Perspective of DISCOMs and Stakeholders
The global average surface temperature has risen by about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degree Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere1. Transportation has immensely contributed to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions mainly through vehicular exhaust. Thus, transitioning towards EVs can be a significant step in the direction of reducing global GHG emissions and brining-in green transportation and sustainable mobility. In 2018, over 2 million electric vehicles were added to the global vehicle fleet, with currently over 5 million EVs on the roads globally2.