Ministry of Power of the Republic of India

02/08/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2024 03:29

Consumer Service Rating of discoms has improved; From no discom in A+ Category in 2022, there are 4 discoms rated A+ and 8 rated A in 2023: Union Power and New & Renewable[...]

Ministry of Power

Consumer Service Rating of discoms has improved; From no discom in A+ Category in 2022, there are 4 discoms rated A+ and 8 rated A in 2023: Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister

Posted On: 08 FEB 2024 2:44PM by PIB Delhi

The Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy has informed about the improvement in the performance of the electricity distribution companies.

A financially sound and operationally strong power sector is vital for achieving the Government of India's mandate of enabling ease of doing business and ease of living. Electricity consumers are the most significant stakeholders in the power industry. In its commitment to enhance the electricity services to consumers, Ministry of Power has introduced various initiatives. Electricity (Rights of Consumer) Rules, 2020 have been promulgated which aims to "empower" consumers with rights and aims to prescribe the minimum standards of service which the DISCOMs are expected to maintain and mainly includes the right to reliable and quality power supply, the right to transparent billing and tariff information, the right to timely and effective grievance redressal, and the right to compensation to be paid by DISCOM for not meeting the standards of performance.

As the power sector seeks to achieve greater consumer satisfaction and reliability, it is imperative for DISCOMs to identify critical areas, key consumer services and meet minimum standards to strengthen their overall performance. Consumer Service rating of DISCOMs (CSRD) was launched by Hon'ble Power Minister in 2022. It helped DISCOMs to self-evaluate their performance and also compare it with their peer DISCOMs and national averages. The exercise delves into key parameters of consumer services viz. operational reliability; connection services; metering, billing & collection services and fault rectification & grievance redressal.

As per Consumer Service Rating of Discoms (CSRD) Report FY 2022-23, there has been improvement in the number of DISCOMs securing better grading for the services delivered by them to the consumers. While for the year 2022, none of the DISCOMs were in A+ category, for the year 2023, 4 DISCOMs have secured grade of A+ and 8 DISCOMs secured category of A the details of which are given below,

Sl. No.

State

DISCOM Name

Grade

1

Delhi

BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL)

A+

2

Delhi

BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL)

A+

3

Delhi

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL)

A+

4

Uttar Pradesh

Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL)

A+

5

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APCPDCL)

A

6

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL)

A

7

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL)

A

8

Maharashtra

Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML)

A

9

Manipur

Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL)

A

10

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO)

A

11

Telangana

Telangana State Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSNPDCL)

A

12

Telangana

Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL)

A

[Also read: Union Power and New Renewable Energy Minister releases 3rd Edition of Consumer Service Ratings of DISCOMs; Delhi's BRPL, BYPL and TPDDL and Uttar Pradesh's NPCL get A+ Rating]

Government of India has been implementing various performance linked and result oriented schemes with the objective to have a financially secure, viable and sustainable power sector (distribution segment in particular). These initiatives have been designed to tackle financial and operational issues to bring in desired financial discipline in DISCOMs and State Governments. Details of steps taken are:

(i) Rules to ensure timely payment for subsidy declared by State Government.

(ii) Ensuring that the tariffs are up to date.

(iii) Ensuring timely Energy Accounting and Energy Audit.

(iv) Ensuring that the GENCOs are paid on time.

(v) Revised Prudential Norms providing that a loss making DISCOMs will not be able to draw loans from PFC/ REC or funds under any Power Sector Scheme of GoI unless they put in place measures for loss reduction.

(vi) Additional borrowing space of 0.5% of GSDP if the DISCOM implements loss reduction measures.

(vii) Under DDUGJY, IPDS and SAUBHAGYA infrastructure works worth Rs. 1.85 lakh Cr were executed.

(viii) Further, the Government of India has launched Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) with the objective of improving the quality and reliability of power supply to consumers through a financially sustainable and operationally efficient Distribution Sector. The Scheme has an outlay of Rs. 3,03,758 crore and a Gross Budgetary Support of Rs. 97,631 crores from Government of India over a period of five years from 2021-22 to FY 2025-26.

Fund admissibility to States and DISCOMs will be conditional on their taking steps to improve their operational and financial efficiencies.

As a result of the concerted efforts of the Ministry of Power, the State Governments and Distribution companies to implement the reforms measures and adoption of best practices, Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) Losses have reduced from 25.72% in FY 2014-15 to 15.40% (Provisional) in FY 2022-23. Reduction in AT&C losses improves the finances of the utilities, which will enable them to better maintain the system and buy power as per requirements, thus benefitting the consumers. Further, the reduction in AT&C losses have resulted in reduction in the Gap between Average Cost of Supply (ACS) and Average Realizable Revenue (ARR). The ACS-ARR Gap has declined from Rs. 0.78/kWh in FY2013-14 to Rs. 0.45/kWh in FY2022-23. Thus, financial health of the DISCOMs is improving. State wise details are given below.

AT&C Loss (%)

2014-15

2022-23

State Sector

25.78

15.81

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

-

-

Andhra Pradesh

10.55

8.57

Arunachal Pradesh

67.83

57.59

Assam

25.84

16.22

Bihar

43.99

25.01

Chhattisgarh

27.84

16.14

Goa

13.31

11.85

Gujarat

16.06

10.65

Haryana

32.52

12.01

Himachal Pradesh

16.84

10.59

Jammu & Kashmir (JKPDD)

61.27

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Jharkhand

47.85

30.28

Karnataka

18.71

13.91

Kerala

17.64

7.05

Ladakh

-

30.33

Madhya Pradesh

30.88

20.55

Maharashtra (MSEDCL & BEST)

19.25

18.58

Manipur

48.30

13.82

Meghalaya

40.00

23.97

Mizoram

33.51

26.27

Nagaland

78.48

45.81

Puducherry

13.34

17.49

Punjab

17.20

11.26

Rajasthan

29.28

15.90

Sikkim

42.37

36.69

Tamil Nadu

24.74

10.31

Telangana

13.23

18.65

Tripura

36.23

28.15

Uttar Pradesh

46.32

22.33

Uttarakhand

18.82

15.32

West Bengal

35.35

17.32

Others (NMDC & TCED)

-

10.28

Private Sector

24.66

10.95

Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (DNHDDPDCL)

-

3.58

Delhi

12.90

7.12

Maharashtra (AEML & TPML)

-

6.48

Odisha

38.30

21.85

Uttar Pradesh (NPCL)

-

8.36

West Bengal (CESC & IPCL)

-

8.15

Gujarat (TP Ahmedabad and Surat)

-

4.02

Grand Total

25.72

15.40

ACS-ARR Gap (Rs./kWh)

2013-14

2022-23

State Sector

0.83

0.50

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Andhra Pradesh

0.18

(0.37)

Arunachal Pradesh

6.59

0.00

Assam

1.00

0.62

Bihar

0.24

0.00

Chandigarh

(3.59)

Chhattisgarh

0.28

0.26

Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu

Goa

0.01

(0.14)

Gujarat

(0.02)

(0.02)

Haryana

0.75

(0.15)

Himachal Pradesh

0.13

0.86

Jammu & Kashmir

2.66

Jharkhand

3.39

2.45

Karnataka

0.09

0.32

Kerala

(0.05)

0.34

Ladakh

2.18

Lakshadweep

Madhya Pradesh

1.25

(0.20)

Maharashtra

0.12

1.24

Manipur

3.01

1.30

Meghalaya

1.56

0.67

Mizoram

4.00

1.71

Nagaland

3.03

(0.32)

Puducherry

(0.18)

0.39

Punjab

(0.05)

0.20

Rajasthan

2.63

0.20

Sikkim

(0.39)

(0.68)

Tamil Nadu

1.81

0.89

Telangana

0.00

1.40

Tripura

0.78

0.60

Uttar Pradesh

2.16

1.19

Uttarakhand

(0.27)

0.72

West Bengal

(0.01)

0.32

Others (NMDC & TCED)

0.85

Private Sector

(0.02)

(0.19)

Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (DNHDDPDCL)

(0.14)

Delhi

(0.13)

(0.04)

Maharashtra (AEML & TPML)

(0.04)

Odisha

0.15

(0.25)

Uttar Pradesh (NPCL)

(0.79)

West Bengal (CESC & IPCL)

(0.18)

Gujarat (TP Ahmedabad and Surat)

(0.50)

Grand Total

0.78

0.45

This information has been given by the Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy Shri R. K. Singh, in a written reply to a question, in Lok Sabha today, February 8, 2024.

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