Power utilities in the state have been successful in reducing the distribution, aggregate technical and commercial losses. This, in effect, means more electricity has been saved at a time when its demand is increasing every year by at least 10%.
The state economic survey that was tabled in the legislature on Tuesday has recorded that the improvement in the transmission and network infrastructure and reduction in the losses could reduce the gap between demand and supply. It has appreciated state-run Mahatransco, which carries power for all utilities, for the improvement.
The three utilities in the city, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), Tata Power Company and Reliance Infrastructure, have maintained their losses under 10%, while the state distribution arm, Mahavitaran, has been able to reduce its technical and commercial losses to 18.4%, from 34% in 2006-07, and distribution losses to 16per cent from 29.5% in 2006-07. The company is close to achieving the international limit.
In the year when government had decided to make the state power-cut free, the thermal and renewable electricity generation increased by 12.7% and 15.8%, respectively.