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Power Distribution Outlook in India - 2018

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Report Summary Evaluating Current Dynamics Amid Implementation of UDAY Scheme and Examining Sector’s Outlook Basis Changing Power Procurement dynamics of Discoms  

Power Distribution Outlook in India - 2018

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    The scheme of UDAY, arguably is turning out to be a saviour for most of the DISCOMs signed under it, with early signs of financial recovery being noticed. However, it won’t be easy for the DISCOMs to absorb the mandate under the new PPA norms, which binds them not to abandon any PPA irrespective of the falling power tariff witnessed in the auctions of the renewable energy on the country. Although, to strike a balance between the arms of generation and distribution, this change in the PPA norm was quintessential but, it might further lead to financial constraints of the DISCOMs specially for the states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and the North Eastern States.

    The distribution segment is in the most precarious situation in the electricity supply chain due to its interface with the public at large with different needs, expectations and varying degrees of capability to pay. The need to develop the segment was realised in the X Plan with emphasis on interventions to reduce the huge aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses. Most important schemes, such as Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (APDRP) for urban areas and Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyuthikaran Yojana (RGGVY) for rural areas, were initiated in the X Plan which aimed at bringing in investment and creating an efficient distribution infrastructure throughout the country. Further, Ministry of Power, GoI launched Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) (which was approved by Union Cabinet on 5th November, 2015), envisaging Financial & Operational Turn around of Power Distribution Utilities (DISCOMs) of the country.

    Key Queries Resolved

    • What would be the impact of UDAY scheme on ailing DISCOM’s situation in India?
    • What is the status of power distribution tariff structure in India?
    • What is the current status and trends in intra – state network length?
    • What would be the region wise status of capacity addition in the substations, transformation capacity in India?
    • What would be the region wise status on metering and billing efficiency in India?
    • What would be the region wise status of feeder segregation and demand & revenue breakup as per the consumers?
    • What would be the outlook of power distribution sector in India till 2022?


    • Attracted by proposed power sector reforms and India’s potential, Italy’s Enel Group is exploring the possibility of entering India’s electricity distribution business
    • Launch of USD 2.51 Billion Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) scheme for universal electricity access
    • Government of India keen on promoting the separation of the carriage and content operations of existing discoms, with the onus now on the states to firm up their own road maps
    • Focus on Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme for better targeting of subsidies and separation of wire and supply operations
    • India, likely to project an investment of USD 21.6 Billion in smart grid infrastructure within coming 9-10 years down the line

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