Sector Electric Utilities
By base All India
Demand Side Management (DSM) despite being one of the least cost resources of electricity, has not been able to take off in India at a large scale. Though some progress has been made in the form adoption of state DSM regulations by State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERCs), enforcement of these regulations continues to be limited. The responsibility of on-ground implementation continues to rest with the distribution companies (discoms) who have not been able to undertake large scale programmes due to several technical, economic and financial barriers.
Understanding the constraints faced by the discoms, Shakti conceptualized the 'Utility CEO Forum on Demand Side Management' and to provide a platform to the discoms to share knowledge and experiences on design, development and delivery of megawatt scale DSM programs in the country. Shakti engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to be the secretariat of the forum. Mr. Gireesh Pradhan, IAS (Retd.) chairs the meetings of the forum in an honorary capacity.
The forum meets every quarter to discuss solutions to barriers that impede scaling up of DSM programmes. At the end of every meeting, the forum finalizes the theme for the next meeting, based on the which the secretariat prepares necessary reference material for discussion.
Another critical objective of the forum is to disseminate the ideas and activities of the forum to a larger audience. To this effect, the forum has invited Regulatory Commissions and other technical experts, based on the theme of the meeting, to hear their views and opinions.