The government will soon standardise ways to foolproof the power sector of data manipulation by states.
Come April and all states will calculate commercial losses — gap between cost and revenue on a standardised formula — while the data on the power supply position and billing efficiency will be sourced directly from electricity feeders without manual intervention. This will limit the scope of data manipulation by states.
Experts say such measures will help bring transparency to the power sector that grapples with mistrust on data provided by states. At present, state distribution companies calculate the gap between their average cost of supply and average revenue realisation based on their own formulae. A senior government official said states do not follow standard procedures in calculation of losses. While some states calculate losses on the basis of energy fed into the system, some do it on the energy sold to consumers.
Some states take subsidies into account while calculating subsidies while others do not. “We have prepared a standard formula for calculation of losses. The report has been sent to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), which will communicate it to states,” the official said.
Currently, CEA collates data from states and drafts periodic reports. But there have been several instances of a state presenting different data to the CEA, electricity regulators and other forums. The power ministry is bound to accept the data given the country’s federal structure. The power ministry will next month also launch a web portal called National Power Portal and a mobile application connecting all 110,000 electricity feeders — equipment that links consumers to substations Read More…