Limitations of existing baseline data shared for Power Distribution Franchisee bidding

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 […]

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 […]

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Distribution Utility

Utility Performance Monitoring is one of major gaps in Indian distribution utility or DISCOMs. The major reason is missing measurements and analytics to drive decisions and implementations. Even the MIS that gets created (inspite of its questionable integrity) is not effectively used to control distribution system optimally. One abstraction is to […]

Lack of good baseline data & reporting leads to irrational Power Franchisee bidding

The reported success of Bhiwandi Power Franchisee model has attracted more private players and has increased competition for good of the sector (see our earlier blog on ‘Many new corporates entering into emerging Power Distribution Franchisee race‘). However the very basis of the Power Distribution Franchisee (DF) contract, the baseline […]

Power Distribution Franchisee – Evolution from Rural to Urban and back to Rural

The Power Distribution Franchisee (DF) model is a precursor for privatization of distribution business in India. Under the model, the state retains ownership of the distribution asset and only leases O&M for defined contract period. On account of heavy capex already laid by the Government and its desire to keep its influence […]

Trends in Power Distribution Franchisee bidding RFPs – Qualifications and Bidding model

The Franchisee model in Power Distribution has picked up well with many RFPs post Bhiwandi pilot. Below is a comparison across different RFPs and states to enable a easy comparison around bidding qualification requirements and bidding structure. This should help bidders to form macro perspective of blocking their investment and […]

ERP role in emerging Distribution utility reforms

Indian Power sector is in a rapid growth phase and in a phase of undergoing rapid change – change in a way they used to operate. A special emphasis is laid by the government on the electricity distribution industry to improve their operational and business efficiency. On an average the […]

REC Framework – Emerging alternative opportunity to avail carbon benefits for Green Generators

REC (Renewable Energy Certificate) is a tool to implement Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) for buyers like state electricity distribution utility, open access users and captive generators from conventional sources from sellers of renewable energy generators. It is an environmental commodity that: captures the environmental benefits of renewable electricity generation provides a […]

Workshop compilation from pManifold – Utility Monitoring and Power Distribution Franchisee: Enhancing SEB’s Performance

pManifold as Knowledge Partner to IIES 2011 organized a workshop on ‘Utility Monitoring & Distribution Power Franchise – Enhancing SEB’s Performance’. The workshop was co-chaired with domain experts Mr. Murhari Kele, Supt. Engg. MSEDCL, Nagpur and Mr. Prabhakar Kukde, Ex-Direcor, Tata Power. pManifold Utility DF_IIES_Workshop_report pManifold Utility DF_IIES_Workshop_report View more presentations from pManifold […]

Components of AT&C losses – mystery behind the number

Ever wonder what it means by Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses in power sector? It is one number that affects all stakeholders of power chain directly including the end-consumers. If AT&C losses are higher, then your distribution utility or DISCOM would go ahead making a case to its state […]