Utility CEO Forum : Synopsis 2013–2016

Sector Electric Utilities
Grantee PricewaterhouseCoopers
Year 2017

The report summarizes all the forum meetings and also provides synopsis' of each meeting that has been held since the start of the program.

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  • U.S.-India Subnational Energy Workshop
  • States from India and the U.S.  shared details of the smart power technologies used and highlighted the need for important regional interconnections to uptake new sources of distributed power. Participants also toured Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited’s state-of-the-art Smart Grid Lab allowing them to see first-hand how Indian utilities are dealing with the challenges in India’s electricity sector. A key  learning that emerged is that the challenges are quite similar:  how to integrate vast amounts of new renewable energy into an increasingly strained grid and deploy new smart power technologies to more efficiently manage this complex system.  In this U.S.-India subnational energy dialogue, state-level decision makers were able to analyze how their policies and institutions were coping with these challenges.

  • Background Paper: Smart grid enabled DSM solutions
  • 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.

  • Background Paper: Synergies between DSM and the ongoing Electricity Reforms
  • 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.

  • Proceedings of the Eleventh Utility CEO Forum
  • 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.

  • Proceedings of the Tenth Utility CEO Forum
  • 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.

  • Proceedings of the Ninth Utility CEO Forum
  • 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.

  • Proceedings of the Seventh Utility CEO Forum
  • 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.

  • Snapshot of the activities of Utility CEO Forum on DSM
  • 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.

  • A Handbook on Standard Offer Programme
  • 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.

Energy Efficiency
Climate Policy
  • U.S.-India Subnational Energy Workshop

    In a first-of-its-kind event, Shakti and U.S.-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), hosted the U.S. – India Subnational Energy Workshop in New Delhi>>

  • Your Own Sun : A Manual on Solar Rooftop

    Rooftop Solar has many benefits for individual consumers and for the country as a whole.This manual provides apt and timely information to consumers seeking to install rooftop solar systems.>>

  • Promoting Electric Vehicles in India

    Emissions from the transport sector contribute significantly to deteriorating air quality and human health in cities. Electric Vehicles are a promising pathway towards improving air-quality, energy security and economic opportunities.>>

  • Strengthening Air Quality Management

    The Delhi-NCR region’s air pollution problem is by now a well-documented and visible fact. In a recent national survey on air pollution undertaken by Edelman India on behalf of Shakti, Delhi residents displayed high levels of awareness of air pollution and its issues. But there were also some misconceptions.>>

  • Facilitating Energy Efficiency in Indian Railways

    The Indian Railways has identified potential opportunities for energy savings and is aggressively pushing towards energy efficiency and using alternate clean fuels in the non-traction segment.>>