India is a developing country. Power is the mainstay for any growing country. In order to leapfrog into the future, efficient utilization of power generation is of prime importance.
Electricity is the most important factor in the economic growth of any country. And the most critical segment of Power Sector chain including Generation, Transmission and Distribution, is the Distribution Sector. Efficient management of the distribution of electricity sector is mandatory as it acts as an interface between the utilities and the consumers. The real challenge in the power sector today lies in efficiency. However, the poor financial health of the distribution utilities in the States has resulted in inadequate investment in the distribution network making it difficult to meet the increasing demands of power in urban areas.
The goal of IPDS (Integrated Power Development Scheme) are as follows:
- Strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network in the urban areas;
Metering of distribution transformers /feeders / consumers in the urban areas.
3. IT enablement of distribution sector and strengthening of distribution network
The problems the government tries to address by implementing this scheme are as follows:
AT&C losses [The concept of Aggregate Technical & Commercial losses provides a realistic picture of loss situation in the context it is measured. It is combination of energy loss (Technical loss + Theft + inefficiency in billing) & commercial loss (Default in payment + inefficiency in collection).]
- Establishment of IT enabled energy accounting / auditing system,
- Improvement in billed energy based on metered consumption
- Improvement in collection efficiency.
IPDS is important for a brighter future which will help enhance the economic growth of India. Electricity is vital for the overall development of the nation, and the Union Government by launching this scheme is all set to push India in the right direction of development.
Projects worth Rs.30,005 Crore (Distribution Strenglhening work: Rs 2.7,626 Crore in 546 circles, IT enablement: Rs 985 crore in 1931 towns, ERP Rs 640 crore and Smart Meting: Rs 754 crore) have been sanctioned.