Create separate cadre for state load dispatch centres to ensure grid stability: Ex-power secretary
New Delhi, Aug.30 (ANI): Former Union Power Secretary Anil Razdan on Thursday advocated creation of a special cadre with good career prospects to manage power traffic on national grids with the highest degree of competence to avoid grid collapses as happened twice recently.
Chairing a discussion on "From power outages to power surge: We must pay" organised by Observer Research Foundation, Razdan said there was a need to set up a new specialised cadre for State Load Dispatch Centres (SLDCs). "The national grids should be strictly controlled. Otherwise, undisciplined boards will jeopardise the whole country," he warned.
He said the frequency band of the grid should be reduced to 50 +/- 0.3 from the current 50 +/- 0.7 for ensuring greater grid stability.
Razdan even suggested opening to televising the systems and processes used by the Regulator to bring in transparency and awareness.
Razdan also stressed on the need to upgrade transmission and distribution with new technology like smart grid, peaking stations, smart meters, etc.
Appreciating the reforms undertaken by the Delhi Government, Razdan asked "if Delhi can do it why not other state governments?" He said more needs to be done and the AT%T losses have to be brought down to single digit.
Delhi's Power Secretary Shakti Sinha, said following the power reforms and privatisation of transmission and distribution, the state could save more than 22,000 crore rupees in the last nine years.
He impressed upon the need to change the mindset of the people to pay the right price for the power they consume. "While the slum dwellers in electrified colonies are willing to pay, those who can well afford and stay in rich colonies like in Greater Kailash adapt to ways to pay less," he noted.
"We frequently talk of becoming a super power. I have no doubt in becoming a super power. But can we become such a power with third rate power systems?" Mr. Sinha asked.
Gopal Saxena, CEO, BSES pointed out that privatisation of the power sector had failed because while the cost of setting up power projects had reached global bench marks at about 5-6 crore per MW, the price of power was not benchmarked to global levels. He also said that out of 200 GW total capacity only about 95 GW was available at any given time if capacity unavailable at any given time (such as hydro capacity), plant load factor of available capacity and T and D losses are taken into account. He highlighted the fact that only half the power generated out of this capacity is actually paid for.
Nakul, a former CEA official, said that many of the peaking power stations have not been utilized in the country as their low plant load factors substantially increase fixed costs.
Ashok Aggarwal, former Member Secretary of the Northern Grid, said that daily, weekly, monthly and yearly demand projections and constant monitoring of temperature, humidity and other climatic factors are necessary for efficient management of the grid.
All the speakers at the roundtable were in broad agreement with the theme of the discussion that people should pay for power and unless people pay for power investments that have to made in generation, transmission and distribution capacity will not be made. (ANI)
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