Distribution utilities supply electricity to consumers and in turn collect revenues to keep the sector going. Utility-led efficiency measures can generate widespread energy savings. One area of opportunity is Demand Side Management (DSM) i.e. the actions taken beyond the electricity meter of consumers, to alter their consumption patterns. These actions are taken by the utility to shift the power demand to off peak hours, or alternatively reduce the demand, to reduce stress on the grid. DSM measures can also be undertaken by non-electricity utilities such as municipal bodies. Another area of opportunity in the electricity distribution sector is strengthening utilities’ operational and financial performance. This can help address the challenges of chronic peak and energy shortages in India and improve the supply of power. Improving the utility’s financial and operational systems will not only improve its efficiency, but will also lead to the freeing up of resources which can then be invested in clean energy.
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Shakti) works with several stakeholders across the country including Central Government entities, state level stakeholder and utilities to strengthen demand side management (DSM) and facilitate distribution sector reforms.
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