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Maternal Health & Child Care – the aspect of attention

It has been over two decades since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) formulated a reproductive health agenda for the world, and as of 2015, the MDG has not been achieved as per target. Whether developing countries like India will be able to improve health outcomes among women […]

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Five Best Practices for delivering global engagements

With the added complexity due to globalization and increased demand, there’s now more pressure on consulting firms to focus on better customer delivery in order to keep clients happy. Key challenges faced by many growing firms include understanding the client needs properly, defining engagement scope, and expected outcome. If these […]

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Maternal Health & Child Care – the aspect of attention

It has been over two decades since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) formulated a reproductive health agenda for the world, and as of 2015, the MDG has not been achieved as per target. Whether developing countries like India will be able to improve health outcomes among women […]

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Next Evolution of Input based Power Distribution Franchisee Model in India

Last 5 years has seen multiple Input Power Distribution Franchisee (IBDF) models getting adopted by various States – Maharashtra (Nagpur, Aurangabad, Jalgaon), Madhya Pradesh (Sagar, Ujjain), Bihar (Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Gaya). There are some states like Orissa which have adopted a low Capex variant of IBDF model, while there are some […]

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Impact of Net-Metering Policy on Solar Roof Top project parameters for Residential Consumers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka

There has been a continuous and growing interest for grid connected solar rooftops across India. This is primarily due to shift in consumer behaviour across all consumer categories (residential, industrial, commercial, etc.). The consumer is not just interested in consuming electricity but also producing it. By installing solar in their […]

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Five Best Practices for delivering global engagements

With the added complexity due to globalization and increased demand, there’s now more pressure on consulting firms to focus on better customer delivery in order to keep clients happy. Key challenges faced by many growing firms include understanding the client needs properly, defining engagement scope, and expected outcome. If these […]

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Comparative View of Key Performance Indicators across Gujarat’s Power Distribution Utilities

Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. (PGVCL), the largest Power Distribution Utility, compared to other distribution utilities in Gujarat, is serving more than 47 lakhs customers, across 8 districts and 44 divisions. The utility PGVCL has considerable losses (both Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) and Transmission & Distribution (T&D)) compared to […]

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Interview with Mr. Ajai Nirula, COO at TP-DDL on PPP models for Power Utilities in India

Mr. Ajai Nirula, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Tata Power – Delhi Distribution Limited (TP-DDL) was one of the sessions moderator in recently concluded IUKAN 2013. As a veteran in the Power industry, he shared his inputs on various distribution reforms and the challenges associated with it. Q1) What are […]

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Views on ‘Future of Power Distribution Franchisee Model in India’ by Dr. Murhari Kele, CE (Mumbai), MSEDCL

Dr. Murhari S. Kele, Chief Engineer, MSEDCL, Mumbai. Power Distribution Franchisee (PDF) model in India saw mixed results across various operating areas so far. While the model saw good momentum after Bhiwandi success story with various states opting for the same, but there is no second success story to further […]

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New Initiatives / steps taken by UGVCL to improve operational efficiency

The Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL), a second largest state discom in Gujarat serving almost 2.9 million customers, has its network spread across an area of 49,950 Sq. Km. It was the rated the second best state power distribution utility, by the Ministry of Power (MoP), with due recognition […]

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Evolving Distribution Franchisee Model across states

The Ministry of Power’s financial restructuring plan has made the introduction of private participation in distribution as one of the mandatory conditions for availing the benefits of scheme (as a result of high AT&C losses, low IT involvement and huge financial losses). Whilst State Governments’ (except Delhi and Odisha) have […]

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Discover Opportunities in Power & Water Distribution – Join IUKAN 2014, 13th Feb, New Delhi

IUKAN 2014 is focused on improving Utility Services in Urban Areas and covers power, water, waste etc. It is a very interesting platform that is build to get various stakeholders such as Policy Makers, Regulators, Operators, Service Providers, Consumers, Technology Players together and facilitate ‘Rapid Scale Up’, ‘Service Effectiveness’ and […]

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Views on Managed IT services for Distribution Franchisees by Mr. Ananth Chandramouli, Head – Energy and Utilities, Infosys

Mr. Ananth Chandramouli, Head –  Energy and Utilities, Infosys Indian Power market has fast changed and further evolving post unbundling reforms. There is rapid emergence of various private/PPP models across Power Distribution. There is high attractiveness of the end B2C Power Distribution business, as it brings cash for all other businesses […]

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Moving from Electrical Contractor to ‘Specialised O&M Managed Services Partner’ for Power Distribution Franchisees

Mr. Gagan Aggarwal, MD, Creative Entrepreneurs Utilities are heavily driven by outsourcing of products and services, but most times, their integration is limited by lack of strong Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and vendor management practices. The new private operators usually start dealing with several products and contractors, and already scarce […]

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Raising meaningful GIS implementation in Indian Discoms and Franchisees

Mr. Sanjay Sahay, VP -India Sales GIS is very much talked about in the utility space. Every new franchisee that starts or an existing utility wants to first start by mapping the network and its customers to a GIS map. How effective is this and how effectively it can be done […]

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Bottom-up innovation: From Micro Grid in Indian villages to Smart Grid for urban Discoms

Yashraj Khaitan, Co-founder and CEO, Grampower  Bringing electricity to rural areas that never may see the grid is a great boon to both people’s quality of life and the region’s economy. Smart Grid Technology or Renewable Microgrid is the topic of this discussion to improve operational and business efficiency of Indian […]

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Avoiding mistakes with GIS implementation in Power Distribution Utilities

Noida Power Company Ltd (NPCL), a joint venture between the RP-Sajiv Goenka Group, a leading business house in India and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, distributes power in Greater Noida, near Delhi in Uttar Pradesh. The Company started its operations in December 1993 under a 30-year license from U.P. Government […]

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Ten twin cities to come up for Distribution Franchisee in Bihar

Bihar is one of the fastest growing States in the Country and has acquired considerable attention throughout the country and even abroad for its remarkable performance on the development front. The requirement for an enhanced Transmission and Distribution (T&D) infrastructure has ensured a firm commitment from the State Government, for […]

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Discover Opportunities in Power & Water Distribution – Join IUKAN 2014, 13th Feb, New Delhi

IUKAN 2014 is focused on improving Utility Services in Urban Areas and covers power, water, waste etc. It is a very interesting platform that is build to get various stakeholders such as Policy Makers, Regulators, Operators, Service Providers, Consumers, Technology Players together and facilitate ‘Rapid Scale Up’, ‘Service Effectiveness’ and […]

What Strategic Communications Can or Cannot Do

Strategic Communications – A tool towards better customer engagement and loss reduction

The high risks in the complex, unpredictable and highly political process of water sector reforms are unavoidable given the “essential goods” perception of water. However, what the utility operators need to understand is that investing time and money in “strategic communications” early in the engagement of water reforms and that […]

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Efficient Billing and Collection – Key to reducing NRW

While exploring the various methodologies used by the water utilities to reduce Non-Revenue-Water (NRW), one of the better avenues available is achieving higher efficiency in the billing and collection processes. This blog explains the ideology behind the principle of higher billing and collection efficiency for reduced NRW. Now, the main […]

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I-U-KAN: Raising sustainable Indian Utilities – a unique approach and platform

I-U-KAN (India Utility Knowledge And Forum) is a broader umbrella for all Utilities (Power, Water, Waste, Gas, Transport etc.) and all Stakeholders (Govt., Public utilities, Private Operators, New entrants, Service Providers, Regulators, NGOs, Investors, Customers) to analyse holistic gaps, exchange ideas, build common grounds, and expedite the establishment of sustainable […]

Consumer Indexing - Why is it important?

Putting your best foot forward – Best Practices in Consumer Indexing

As the operator tries rolling out the services, the foremost task at-hand is creating the base-line for the utility. This, typically, is collated using a consumer survey called consumer indexing (CI). The operator main aim is to collect the information required for consumer demography and demand estimation. The figure below […]

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Challenges in and Levers for success of the 24×7 water supply projects in India

As one wonders what has been holding back the operationalization of the 24×7 water supply projects in India, we thought of penning down our observations around it. Even before kicking-off the operations, one observes that the long gestation period (5+ years) to engage and realize even first pilot is a show-stopper. This is […]

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A Consumer-Oriented Approach to Water Sector Reform (WSR)

With complex institutional arrangements, aging infrastructure, and poor cost recovery practices, India’s urban Water and Sanitation Services (WSS) sector faces tremendous challenges to providing safe, affordable water in a reliable manner. Ill-suited to tackle these issues on its own, the government began turning to the private sector for solutions in […]

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Attracting and retaining the top-third graduates for careers in teaching

I interact with a number of engineering and management education institutions on a regular basis. One thing I notice always is the faculty at these institutions. Where we mostly talk about improving the “teaching”, really no one talks about hiring the best teachers for various reasons. The research by McKinsey […]

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Are emerging cities listening to the call of Europe?

Yesterday, I attended a Science and Technology Awareness Raising and Information Campaign in India organized at Nagpur. They are visiting almost 22 cities in India including tier 2/3 cities for promoting European Union’s (EU) research focus and support system. Lot of interesting things were shared including a memory stick containing […]

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Impact of Net-Metering Policy on Solar Roof Top project parameters for Residential Consumers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka

There has been a continuous and growing interest for grid connected solar rooftops across India. This is primarily due to shift in consumer behaviour across all consumer categories (residential, industrial, commercial, etc.). The consumer is not just interested in consuming electricity but also producing it. By installing solar in their […]

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Solar Financial Modeling: 9 points you can’t afford to miss out

Any project related to power sector requires a huge amount of investment. Therefore, it is extremely necessary to make financial model and do a thorough analysis for the financial viability of the proposed project prior to any decision regarding the initiation of the project. Financial Models can be complex and […]

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Existing grid connected Solar PV Plants in India

MNRE has recently released the list of all grid operating solar PV projects in India (latest updated as on July 2011. See the detailed list here and also below).  The Project Developers for these cumulative 45.5MW capacity plants were: Sri Power Generation (India) Pvt. Ltd.  Reliance Industries Ltd. North Delhi Power Ltd. […]

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Key Solar Players in India in Solar Cell & Module manufacturing

The guidelines for second batch under Phase I of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) were announced recently by Ministry of New and Renewable Eneergy (MNRE) . The excerpts of the guidelines are captured in our previous blog. To give strong impetus in promoting domestic manufacturing, the developers are expected […]

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Solar PV System Workshop -Technology, Risks, Manufacturing, EPC, O&M and Investment

pManifold as Knowledge Partner to IIES 2011 organized a workshop on ‘Solar PV System – Technology, Risks, Manufacturing, EPC, O&M, Investment’. The workshop brought best Industry experts and participants through out the country. pManifold Indis_Solar PV_IIES_Workshop_report View more presentations from pManifold Topics and brief content covered in the workshop Grid […]

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Bid Analytics for JNNSM Batch-1 Solar PV projects

1000 MW Phase-1 under JNNSM by 2012 Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the total aggregated capacity of grid connected Solar Projects in Phase-1 shall be 1000 MW. The deployment of Solar PV and Solar Thermal projects shall be in the ratio of 50:50. The allocation of capacities in Phase-1 […]

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Solar JNNSM Batch-2 pickup – RfS deadline 23 Sep

The guidelines for batch-2 of JNNSM are announced by MNRE and available here. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) has issued the Request for Selection (RfS) document due date for submission as 23 September 2011. Some important considerations in the guidelines Plant Size: Total capacity under bidding – 350 MW Minimum […]

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