New Delhi:The government plans to put in place an IT-enabled energy accounting system for reducing transmission and distribution losses by more than half in the next five years, Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said here.
“There is a plan to establish a state-of-the-art IT-enabled energy accounting system all over the country to reduce Aggregate Technical and Commercial losses of around 35% to a much more respectable level of 15%” he said at a national level conference on ‘India Electricity-2007´.
The system would monitor how much power is supplied and consumed, he said, adding power theft would soon be a thing of the past.
Besides, an upgraded Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (APDRP) would be put in place soon which would help in upgrading the distribution system, minimizing T&D losses, improving metering and assigning responsibility for realization of user charges.
On ultra mega power projects, Shinde said Requests for Qualification (RFQ) for Tilaiya plant in Jharkhand were being re-invited while the first stage of bidding for Krishnapatnam plant in Andhra Pradesh would be completed in one-two months.
This was being done to accommodate the new norms for eligibility introduced after the dispute over Sasan project.
Inviting private investment in the power sector, Shinde said lack of adequate domestic manufacturing capacity for generation equipment has been a major bottleneck in the way of timely completion of generation projects. Creating more players in this field was the only way to increase capacities, reduce costs and increase accountability, he said.
He also said capacity addition of 78,000 MW by 2012 was not too ambitious a target as projects of a total capacity of 50,000 MW were already under implementation.