AP achieves single digit T&D losses
- First state in the country to set record
Vijayawada: The AP power utilities have set a record of sorts by achieving ‘single digit losses’ in power sector. It is the first state in the country to achieve this record of 9.98% Transmission & Distribution losses, as against the national average of around 22%.
The AP Government has laid special emphasis on reduction of losses, which helps reduce financial burden on consumers. In 2014, AP power sector had 12.6% T&D losses. When the power utilities have started implementing various innovative methods, the losses have come to a single digit.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu while congratulating the Energy Department directed it to make all-out efforts to further reduce the losses to below 6% as per the global standards. “Providing uninterrupted quality power supply at affordable price is the ultimate goal of AP Government. Keeping in view the significance of power sector in economic development, as per long-term vision I have introduced reforms in power sector in 1998 to improve the performance of the power sector, now the public is able to reap the fruits of the earlier reforms.” said the Chief Minister.
Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Energy, I&I and CRDA, AP, who along with the CMD APGenco/MD APTransco K Vijayanand briefed the Chief Minister through teleconference. Ajay Jain said: “Government support and collective efforts of the management and employees have paved the way for loss reduction. Andhra Pradesh has been successfully implementing 24X7 ‘Power for All’ scheme for the last two years and has achieved self-sufficiency in power generation. The energy deficit has been reduced from 10.6% in June 2014 (22MU per day) when the state was bifurcated, to zero level at present. Now we have joined a select group of states in India to enjoy power surplus status. We are able to meet the incident load/ power demand without any hassles and efforts are being made to sustain this regime over a long period.”
With 1% of loss reduction, AP power utilities are expected to save around Rs 270 crores annually, with the cost of service @Rs 5.33 and annual consumption of 50,000MU.To reduce the losses further, APTransco has drawn up investment plans worth Rs 13,170 cr for the five-year period ending 2019 and is contemplating to construct 88 substations with a total transformer capacity of 18,632 MVA.
Vijayanand said in the coming years, the demand for power is expected to increase further due to industrial and infrastructure development. To meet the rising demand, he urged the power officials to complete the ongoing projects as per schedule.