IT is only an enabler of reforms : Mr. Jayant Sinha (AVP Power – Spanco)
1. How do you rate the success of R-APDRP. What is the learning’s from it.
It is still early to rate the success of R-APDRP, as the results will trickle down after completion of the implementation. The key objective of R-APDRP is to reduce ATC losses and set up a foolproof system to perform total energy audit and accounting, increase operational efficiency and improve customer services through a slew of IT-enabled reforms. Moreover, we are still doing Part A of R-APDRP which is about setting up of IT systems for automating various utility business practices. The work for Part B of R-APDRP which is about Substation and Distribution Network Infrastructure creation, augmentation and strengthening is yet to be awarded. The overall impact of R-APDRP will be visible only IT enabled systems is supplemented with infrastructure creation.
2. India is the leading country in IT services, then why we are lagging in IT implementation in almost all sectors.
It is because of the complexity of integration of as many as 17 business modules which makes R-APDRP challenging. Moreover, the utility’s internal capacity building and staff training has not kept pace with the introduction of IT infrastructure during reforms initiative. There is an acute shortage of skilled and trained manpower within the utility to embrace new technologies and be able to run them on their own. There is too much dependence of IT implementation agency to run the utility’s IT-enabled business processes. In fact, Part C of R-APDRP is about capacity building and training, but it is yet to be utilized fully. In fact, this exercise should have preceded R-APDRP initiatives.
3. How much help can IT provide to curb the growing losses of power sector? What should be the action plan
IT is only an enabler of reforms. The processes are well-defined in the Utility and technology plays the role of enabling the processes. However, it is the people behind the process and technology who have to drive the reforms. A broad based action plan will be required which synergizes the people, process and technology to achieve the reforms objectives. The availability of trained personnel and right technology are a must for this.
4. Distribution network analysis, what are the main parameters and can we call it as a backbone of smart grid implementation.
Total accounting of energy and billing parameters, stakeholders’ support, enabling regulations and consumer awareness are the backbone of smart grid implementation.
5. Smart and net metering, how long we have to wait to see its implementation in India.
Till now, there are only few cases of pilot implementation in India. The Indian Smart Grid Task Force has now started functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Power. It is too early to define the timeline at this stage.