Showing scant regards for the orders of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the UT electricity department has failed to get an energy audit conducted, which aimed at reduction of losses.
The orders were issued in early in 2012 and the department was asked to submit its report by end of September that year. Though the department had allotted the work to a firm, the audit could not be initiated as the allotment was put on hold on technical grounds.
According to a senior official, the department has written to the ministry of power for allowing them to reallocate the work.
The commission in its orders had directed the UT electricity department to get an energy audit conducted through an accredited agency to assess actual technical and commercial losses. Based on the outcome of audit, the department was asked to propose reduction of losses in subsequent years. The department was also asked to take effective technical and administrative measures to reduce the commercial losses.
For non-compliance, the department had already paid the price once as the commission rejected its petition for revision of tariffs for the year 2013-14. The petition was rejected despite the department showing a gap of Rs 344 crore in the fund requirement and the revenue that were to be generated from sales.
Despite repeated attempts, UT superintending engineer MP Singh was not available for comments.
City-based advocate Ajay Jagga, who has taken up the issue with the higher authorities, said the energy audit would enable the department to have proper estimation of power requirements and they could plan to purchase power on a particular price.
“The audit will help in making long-term assessment for power purchase to meet its requirement. There will be no need for short-term purchases at a higher rate,” Jagga added.
The JERC had also directed the department for undertaking load research to identify the target consumer segments and end users to build the necessary database. There are nearly 2 lakh consumers falling under different categories, of which 1.75 lakh fall in the domestic category, but only about 6,000 users have declared their load. Over the years, due to non-declaration of actual load, the department is facing losses and problem of overloading of transformers.
Besides that, for addressing the issue of overloading, the electricity department was asked by the commission to conduct detailed load forecasting study for short term (2-5 years), medium term (7-10 years) and long term (15-25 years) use in order to understand the load requirements in their area at various periods.