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.
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
Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Systems (India) (TTDI) has received an order from Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) for a UHV transformers package to be set up on a turnkey basis. The seven units of 765kV transformers with a capacity of 500MVA will be manufactured at manufacturing facility near Hyderabad and delivered for installation at PGCIL?s Cuddapah substation in Andhra Pradesh for operation in November 2017. The company was also awarded an EPC contract by Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (OPTCL) to construct a 220kV substation adopting Gas Insulated Switchgears (GIS), also on a turnkey basis. The demand for UHV transformers in India is growing because of its efficiency in carrying massive amounts of electricity from the power plant. The demand for GIS, which