The current approach to furnish baseline information for Distribution Franchisee (DF) RFP undertaken by the utility has following limitations:
- Very high level indicators (on distribution losses; collection efficiencies; customer mix and connected load distribution, arrear’s for each consumer class, brief count of network assets) are shared with no systematic causal analysis to allow bidders to diagnose network's status-quo for capital investment projection. This hampers calculated and informed bidding to happen.
- With highly fragmented databases and lack of integrated measurements & good practices on utility's side, the integrity of the top-level data provided is looked upon with doubt, thus making it highly risky investment for the bidders.
- In lack of measurements and system level analysis before bidding, the utilities themselves do not have right judgment about the required expenditure and potential revenue increase the area could give under able DF project time. The arising low confidence let them compromise on various aspects of good contract design and post monitoring and not able to get full benefits of the DF model.