April 08

UT power department starts energy audit process

Chandigarh: The UT electricity department has started the process of conducting audit of its transmission and distribution (T&D) system to identify energy loses and implement steps to reduce the same.

Recently, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) had directed the UT electricity department to conduct an energy audit.

A senior UT official said they had floated a tender in this regard and have now received bids. Soon, they will finalise the firm for the audit. Moreover, the electricity department in its multi-year tariff (MYT) petition, recently submitted before the JERC, had also mentioned their plans to conduct an energy audit, he added.

In the petition, the department had also submitted that they will take up matter with the Chandigarh administration to get all the government buildings, schools and colleges audited with an aim to implement energy conservation steps.  

The department had submitted that they would bring down T&D losses to 12.65% by financial year 2021-22.

As per the directions of the commission, T&D losses of Chandigarh should not be more than 13.25%.

The department has taken a plea that the high T&D losses have occurred due to non-availability of inter-state transmission point within boundaries of Chandigarh and the metering is done at 400 KV Nalagarh, 220 KV Mohali and 220 KV Dhulekote.

Meanwhile, the commission was of the view that the intra-state distribution loss in similar urban distribution companies like BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL), Tata Power Mumbai is lower than the intra-state distribution loss of the UT power department.

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