As discom losses proceed downward spiral, energy secretary bats for higher governance, Power Information, ET EnergyWorld

As discom losses proceed downward spiral, energy secretary bats for higher governance, Power Information, ET EnergyWorld

NEW DELHI: Revenue deficit of state power distribution corporations has risen to the worst in almost a decade, whereas different monetary indicator

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As discom losses continue downward spiral, power secretary bats for better governanceNEW DELHI: Revenue deficit of state power distribution corporations has risen to the worst in almost a decade, whereas different monetary indicators are additionally bleak. The pandemic will solely result in an extra loss.

Energy secretary Sanjiv Sahai mentioned discoms should be ruled correctly. “In lots of instances, unbundling of discoms didn’t obtain what it was meant to. Discoms are nonetheless not at arm’s size from their governments. Many states assume electrical energy is largesse to be distributed, however the political price of energy must be seen individually from its financial worth. We aren’t asking states to cease giving free energy. However somebody has to pay for it,” he mentioned.

The scenario is especially grim in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which subsidise shoppers however haven’t raised tariffs for years. Tamil Nadu Technology and Distribution Corp (Tangedco) has the identical electrical energy tariff for six years however till 2018-19, posted a lack of Rs 12,623 crore over a income hole of Rs 1.32 per unit, confirmed a report on efficiency of 104 state energy utilities for 2018-19.

It confirmed the all-India hole between common price of provide of energy and common income has elevated to 72 paise per unit within the newest report, in opposition to 0.53 paise per unit in 2017-18. The quantity is nearer to 76 paise in 2011-12, the best on this decade, after which the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity issued an order mandating common tariff revision. In 2015, when the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) was launched, income hole was 0.59 paise.

The efficiency report confirmed that mixture losses for distribution utilities elevated from Rs 29,452 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 49,623 crore in 2018-19. Losses excluding regulatory earnings and income grant underneath UDAY elevated from Rs 59,588 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 85,803 crore in 2018-19. Nationwide mixture technical and industrial losses stood at 22%. The combination networth of discoms is destructive at Rs 80,567 crore.

As per a ranking train of 41 energy distribution corporations lately concluded by Power Finance Corp, the variety of distribution corporations discovered beneath common operational and monetary efficiency functionality has elevated to 21.



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