Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) RK Singh recently reviewed first ever Draft Plan for Power Distribution Sector. It has been prepared by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) under the guidance of the Ministry of Power. Till now, Union Government was preparing Perspectives Plans for Generation and Transmission Sectors under aegis of National Electricity Plan (NEP).
Key highlights of Draft Plan
- Objective: It is aimed at sustaining goal of 24X7 uninterrupted power for all with increasing demand of electricity by consumers. It keeps needs of consumers at the center of its focus.
- Features: It lays emphasis on 100% metering of all consumers and providing an electricity connection on demand. It envisages frontier technology initiatives with objective of providing reliable quality power supply to consumers.
- Smart metering: It also envisages conversion of all electricity consumer meters into smart meters in prepaid mode within next three years. This will help consumers in conserving energy and plan their electricity usage in an efficient and optimum manner.
- Projections: It anticipates an increase in Distribution substation capacity by 38%, Distribution transformation capacity by 32% and an increase in different type of feeder lengths by 27-38% till 2022.
- Cooperative Federalism: The plan, once released, will be operationalized along with States and their DISCOMs under the spirit of cooperative and competitive federalism.