As per a report by KPMG, India’s power consumption which is currently at 600TWh annually is set to double by 2020. And, when it does so, India would have surpassed Russia.


India in 2020

As per a report by KPMG, India’s power consumption which is currently at 600TWh annually is set to double by 2020. And, when it does so, India would have surpassed Russia. The report also states that the state and central governments have initiated reforms.

While there is no denying the fact that India would need more installed power generation capacity, we at Stelmec view this from a more holistic point of view. To meet this new demand, India will have to act equally very strongly and bring in strong reforms on the transmission & distribution (T&D) aspect of electricity as well.

The current set of problems that India faces in the T&D are:
(1).Losses due to pilferage & theft of electricity
(2).Weak and inadequate sub-transmission and distribution systems
(3).Large scale rural electrification programs involving low tension lines
(4).Inadequate investment in upgrading and maintenance

While bringing in a whole new set of infrastructure for power distribution, the government will also have to look at aspects that shall enable power utility companies to seize charge to bring an end to issues of poor billing, collections & cases of theft. The consumer, at the same time, will have to be rewarded with systems that enable her in understanding her electricity consumption pattern and thus take efforts to reduce electricity wastage.

An example in analogy over here will be the ‘star rating’ system that all the consumer durables have been issued to adopt. Ever since, the consumer has become more aware of the power consumption of each product. Unfortunately though, such ‘star rating’ system is not a standard for all electrical appliances and for appliance s like fans, mixer-grinders, televisions, personal computers etc. a consumer still doesn’t have an idea of the kind of power each of it draws.
Technologies such as smart meter should enable a consumer to get real time data of their electricity consumption thereby making them more aware & conscious. A smart grid ensures that the power demand in a grid is immediately matched without any overload.
At Stelmec, we are all ready to bring in this new technology. Our EPC division is already working on projects addressing the issues of transmission losses. Our smart grid & power IT solutions are helping power utility companies to tide over theft & pilferage issues. And finally, through our customised power product range, we are making the entire distribution of electricity more reliable & safe for all.

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