Bhupinder Singh, Secretary General of Northern India Power Engineers Federation made a presentation before Haryana Power Utilities management. He highlighted the gains from the low cost strategies to reduce line losses in Punjab.
He said that investment made on improving the system can be recovered with in a period of one year of implementation. He further said quality and reliability of supply to consumers in rural areas where this model has been implements has vastly improved.
In Punjab, AT&C losses were 22% in year 2009-10 and these have been brought down to 19% by the end of March 2012.These will be reduced to 18 % by the end of current financial year. The system reliability index has been improved to 99.75%. The damage rate of distribution transformers has also been reduced significantly.
Power engineers in Punjab took the initiative in 2007-08 to reduce losses in selected 11KV feeders by introduction of low cost strategies with payback period of 1 to 2 years through departmental efforts. A pilot project was launched on four feeders of west division Patiala. Complete and independent feeders were selected for accurate and authentic energy audit.
The pilot project included two rural feeders, one urban Kundi area feeder and one posh area feeder of Patiala. LT system was re-laid and meters were shifted to pillar boxes. The pilot project has incurred an expenditure of Rs. 34 crore and 233 lakh units of energy have been saved on completion of pilot project.
On completion of the pilot project, the Patiala model was extended to the entire state with funding by Rural Electricity Corporation. About 20 lac consumer meters have been shifted in pillar boxes from 2009 till date on turn-key basis. Further 14 lac consumers’ meters shall be shifted in next six months after receipt of funds from REC.