Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd was incorporated on the 23rd day of October 2009 and the main purpose of forming the Company was to take over, manage and operate the elect
Indian electricity distribution caters to nearly 200 million consumers and has a connected load of about 400 GW is one of the largest in the world. It has 73 distribution companies, 13 in government department, 17 private distribution companies, 41 corporate and 2 SEB's. However, in India, generation is given utmost importance and leaks in distribution are left out to appease certain political fiefdom. Only 9 states in the country has achieved 100% consumer metering and 23 states has 100% metering at 11 KV feeder level. Still more reforms are addressed such as open access and independence of state load dispatch centre and phasing out of single buyer model.
APSPDCL has tied up with Autogrid to utilize the best practice of demand side management. The DSM solutions will enable benefits of over Rs. 1000 Cr per year (over USD 150 million) when deployed at scale. The savings will be achieved via peak shaving for capex avoidance, time of use implementation to leverage cheaper power at off-peak hours, soil- moisture-based pump-set operation to intelligently reduce power used for agricultural purposes, AC cycling to drive both energy efficiency and peak load shaving, and renewable integration to incorporate cheaper solar and wind power supply without impacting reliability or quality of service. Three use cases are proposed by AutoGrid for DSM adoption to be undertaken by APSPDCL:
Agricultural pump-sets remote activation based on time of
One of the main reason for lacklustre performance of power sector is the inability of state electricity boards to purchase power generated resulting in losses and hampering investment. To counter this NDA government in 2015 has launched Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana to rescue almost bankrupt state electricity retailers. It will rejig Rs 4.3 lakh crore debt of the utilities besides introduce measures to cut power thefts and align consumer tariff with cost of generating electricity. The financial restricting exercise is being carried out for 21 states Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Jharkhand, Bihar and Telangana. The operational efficiency improvements will be brought in by compulsory smart metering, upgradation of transformers and meters to reduce electrici