Saturday, April 23, 2011

Impact that could come from Utility Measurements, Analytics and Monitoring

There are ongoing lot of controversies about Power Distribution Franchisee (DF) applications and transparency of businesses running them. While some of them are definitely right and need to be intervened, but many of them are arising from missing information. Our earlier blog 'Lack of good baseline data & reporting leads to irrational Power Franchisee bidding' discussed the impact of this missing information on all stakeholders connected to Distribution Franchisee.

A perspective 'What's there in Distribution Power Franchisee?' was shared earlier. In line to that and at an abstraction level of a model, DF is about driving Measurements & Analytics, establishing baseline and monitoring performance to excel baseline and set a new one. The transition to a private ownership is one approach, which is believed to yield faster results. But it is not impossible to drive efficiency through state utilities by strict enforcement of driving interventions based on Measurements and Analytics. R-APDRP is one such attempt, but the gaps in handling the associated change management has led to increasing questions on real impact of the scheme - 'R-APDRP: Missing understanding on usability of technology by utility people'

Below is a visualization of positives that could come in the Indian power distribution sector through deeper acceptance and embedding of philosophy of measurements, analytics and monitoring.

For Utility:
  • Demonstrable benefits to the utilities in terms of increased revenue and setting on overall profit track.
  • Better integration of R-APDRP funding for building IT infra and use real-time information of network and load consumption to exert better control in terms of load management and sourcing of power.
  • With better signaling of load consumption and consolidation of information - improved load management techniques (DSM) and optimal sourcing techniques (including from external purchase or also Distributed Generation under DGBFD model) could be developed furthering utility profits.
  • Satisfaction and delight of end-consumers

For End-consumers:
  • Better quality and choice of power (conventional vs. renewables) at affordable tariffs for the end consumers.
  • Easy self-consumption monitoring of electricity would drive awareness and efficiency in consumption
  • An integrated model of DGBFD (Distributed Generation Based Franchisee for Electricity Distribution) could come live, changing the game for rural electrification in India. 
Its above System benefits that drive passion in pManifold team to contribute to improving and scaling-up reforms in Indian Power Distribution sector.

Post by: Rahul Bagdia @ pManifold

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