The report summarizes all the forum meetings and also provides synopsis' of each meeting that has been held since the start of the program.
The paper prepared for discussion in the eleventh Forum meeting discussed both established and emerging smart grid technologies and their systems, their key DSM functionalities and its applications. The paper revolves around a central theme that intelligently planned smart grid systems integrated with DSM and energy efficiency as central goals will have tremendous potential to save energy, manage peak demand, optimize costs, and reap benefits for consumers, Discoms and society as whole. It concludes by providing recommendations for Governments, utilities and regulatory authorities to emphasize their role in advancing smart grid technologies that can boost the DSM potential in the country.
This paper on ‘identifying the synergies between DSM and the ongoing electricity reforms in India’ has been developed for the tenth Forum meeting. The discussion paper attempts to reinforce the role and significance of DSM in India’s electricity, energy conservation and climate change reforms. It highlights the important synergies between DSM and ongoing electricity reforms (viz. Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana, National Tariff Policy Amendments 2016, Electricity Amendment Bill 2014, Draft National Renewable Energy Act 2015 and Power for All), energy conservation reforms (viz. Perform Achieve and Trade) and climate change reforms (viz. India’s INDC commitments for COP21 in Paris) and emphasise on how DSM can accelerate these reforms.
The eleventh Forum meeting was organised on August 5th to brainstorm on smart grid enabled DSM solutions. The meeting saw presentations on smart grid history, communication challenges related to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), Auto Demand Response and a case study by Tata Consultancy Services. In the last session of the meeting, Shakti and its partner Deloitte presented the findings emanating from a study wherein 17 Discoms were interviewed about their perceptions on solar rooftop, and proposed solutions.
The tenth meeting was conducted on 28th April to discuss the Synergies between DSM and ongoing electricity reforms in India. The meeting saw presentations by Tata Power, EESL and UPPCL on their DSM initiatives. Furthermore, the then Secretary to the Government of Kerala (Power Department) acknowledged, how the state and its electric utility have benefited immensely from the knowledge and experiences shared in the Forum’s meetings by eminent experts, utilities, Regulatory Commissions, DSM technology and solution vendors from across the country.
Under the national DSM capacity building program for Distribution utilities, The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is providing technical and financial assistance to 33 utilities across 20 states for undertaking a systematic DSM planning in accordance with the DSM regulations. Considering the importance of Load Research in DSM planning, the ‘Utility CEO Forum on DSM’ deliberated on the topic: ‘Capitalizing on the Insights from Load Research Studies’ in their ninth meeting, held on 1st September 2015, in Mumbai. The meeting also witnessed the launch of the ‘Standard Offer Program Handbook’ developed by MP Ensystems along with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. The handbook is a ‘How to Guide’ for designing and implementing standard offer programs in India.
The seventh forum meeting was held on 3rd November, 2014 to discuss the key provisions of the ‘Demand Side Management (DSM) Regulations’, and suggest ways to strengthen the same. The forum discussed the need for introducing targets in the existing DSM regulations. Recommendations for strengthening the DSM regulations were agreed for submission to all the state regulatory commissions. Another recommendation for strengthening the legal framework to promote DSM was discussed by the participants. A note on this has been submitted to BEE and the standing committee on energy (Sixteenth Lok Sabha). The forum finally saw a presentation on the BEE’s DSM capacity building programme for utilities.
The report presents a quick overview of the eight meetings conducted under the Utility CEO Forum on DSM from 2013-15. It provides a brief snapshot of the list of participants, participants profile, themes and outputs. Further it captures the forum’s achievements and way forward for the future meetings.
This SOP Handbook is a comprehensive “how to guide” which captures details of all steps involved during DSM design and implementation. It addresses critical aspects related to design, approval, implementation and the measurement and verification of a standard offer programme. It has been developed by our partner MP Ensystems Advisory Private Limited, with insightful contributions and review from leading government and sector experts.
The handbook -
1. Identifies roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders
2. Suggests two implementation models (national level and state-specific utility-driven)
3. Presents SOP pricing for end-uses and technologies
4. Includes detailed Annexures as templates for Load Research, Program Design Documents, Regulatory Approval Process, Measurement & Verification process and approach for consumer outreach.
The handbook will be a useful knowledge product for distribution utilities, electricity regulatory commissions and practitioners to understand nuances of SOP and implement them successfully.