IUKAN ODISHA POWER CONCLAVE
POWER SECTOR REFORMS
Building a power resilient Odisha with aligned stakeholders
24 February, 2016 | The Hotel Crown, Bhubaneshwar
The Indian Power Sector has come a long way since the laying down of the basic framework in 1910 right up to the Electricity Act of 2003, bringing necessary changes and reforms to an evolving sector. To govern the sector better and to meet the ambitious plans of ‘Electricity for All’ by 2019, the Electricity Act Bill is amended recently in 2014 and is expected to have a profound impact on the Indian Power Sector. The amendment covers various initiatives across the power value chain like generation capacity augmentation to meet demand (including introduction of renewable generation obligation), strengthening grid security and stability, enhancing efficiency and competition in distribution sector (via separation of carriage from content), enhanced power to regulatory commissions, renewable energy integration with grid, tariff policy revisions & others.
While the amendment is intended is to bring efficiency, competition and improve customer service; the industry is already grappling with an unprecedented array of challenges, ranging from a supply-demand gap to rising costs. The network has become vulnerable and is increasingly governed by bi-directional power flows and fluctuating voltages determined by customer load & generation. Left with an aging infrastructure, the conventional network has seen an influx of various technologies (grid-connected Solar, Off-grid Solar, Roof-top Solar, Smart Meters, Prepaid Meters, RAPDRP, and others) and most of them have limited success. A key likely reason is misfitting of technology with – engineering need / social behaviors / policy / implementation. The distribution sector, on the other hand, has seen multiple reforms like unbundling, private participation through PPP models (Licensee, Franchisee models), Tariff-setting mechanism, Rural Electrification schemes, Renewable Power Obligation (RPO), etc. however, it still remains as one of the weakest link in the sector.
With this background, IUKAN Forum is now going Regional with a focused theme and engaging State and National stakeholders to discuss and build solutions to regional utility challenges. And thus Odisha Power Conclave – “Power Sector Reforms: Building a power resilient Odisha with aligned stakeholders”. Once a pioneering State with different Power reforms has new struggles and need a push to a new equilibrium. There is a need for a greater push for meaningful reforms to surge the sector and reconstruct viability and customer-centeredness in utilities. It is, also, equally important to have government’s role in providing technical and institutional support in the sector. This Power Conclave will:
As an outcome, the conclave expects to enable utility operators devise a cohesive action plan so as to drive improvements in utility performance while enhancing the customer experience.
Like we always say, together we can (I-U-KAN)!!
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