Introduction: 24x7 Power for All (24x7 PFA) is a joint initiative of the Government of India (GoI) and State Governments, aiming to achieve 24x7 availability of reliable power to all households, industrial, commercial and all other electricity consuming entities by the end of 2019. In order to achieve this feat, several landmark decisions have already been taken by Central Government in thermal power generation, hydel and more importantly in solar, wind and other green energy, besides strengthening of transmission and distribution, separation of feeder and metering of power to consumers. Special focus has also been given to North East by giving approval to the North Eastern power system improvement project and comprehensive scheme for strengthening of transmission and distribution in the North Eastern States.
Status in Assam: Being the sole distribution licensee, Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) is responsible for development and management of power sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure in the State. The significant increase in the access and availability of electricity proposed under the PFA Roadmap and the consequent increase in power demand to be catered, from existing level of 1,450 MW in FY15 to over 2,417 MW in FY19, would require commensurate investments in the sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure by APDCL.
Accordingly, the objectives of this distribution plan, in accordance with the 24X7 PFA objectives, includes the following:
Making provision for 24X7 supply to all connected consumers through capacity augmentations and building redundancies in the upstream network for improving reliability of supply;
Ensuring provision of electricity access to all the rural and urban unconnected households in the State;
Provision of 24X7 supply to support demand growth from existing consumers and that arising from new consumer growth in the State;
Making system improvements for reducing AT&C losses in accordance with the targets agreed with the MoP; and
Adopting appropriate technologies and systems to support RE integration and EE/ DSM measures in the State.
In commensurate with the above objectives, some major projects are being taken up to improve the power supply by reducing losses and enhancing efficiency as under:
1. Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana: Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), announced in the budget 2014-15 envisages feeder separation, strengthening of sub-transmission & distribution network including metering at all levels for the rural areas.
The major components of the scheme are: feeder separation, strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network, metering at all levels, including input points, feeders and distribution transformers, micro grid and off grid distribution network and rural electrification to complete already sanctioned projects. This scheme will help in round the clock power to rural households and adequate power to agricultural consumers.
2. Integrated Power Development Scheme: The Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) envisages strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network including metering at all levels in the urban areas.
The major components of the project include: strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network, metering, IT application-ERP and customer care services, provisioning of solar panels and completion of the ongoing works of the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms programme (R-APDRP).