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Utilities in Telangana are Exploring Products and Solutions in Power Sector: Umakanta Panda

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Umakant Panda

The major projects of TSERC for 2019-20 aim to formulate multi-year tariff (five-years) at one go by optimising power purchase cost, prudence check of the aggregate revenue filing and approving sales, investments and other expenses, says Umakanta Panda, Commission Secretary FAC & Joint Director (Information Technology), Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC). In this interview with Jyoti Bhagat of Elets News Network (ENN), Panda talks about the major projects of TSERC, technology deployment and the road ahead.

What are the major projects of Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) for 2019- 20?

The major projects of TSERC for 2019-20 aim to formulate multi-year tariff (five-years) at one go by optimising power purchase cost, prudence check of the aggregate revenue filing and approving sales, investments and other expenses.

How have you implemented technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Big Data Analytics in TSERC?

Utilities in Telangana are exploring to find out products and solutions that they can fit into the power sector to improve customer service, quality of supply and other standards of performance notified by the state electricity sector. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, is also coming out with a policy for implementation of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Internet of Things. Once a Central policy is announced by MeitY, state governments can implement the same.

What is the roadmap for TSERC for next three to five years?

The future roadmap for TSERC for the next three to five years is to reduce transmission and distribution losses which is presently around 13.73 percent and implementation of a new methodology for computation of agricultural estimate so that the subsidy burden on account of agricultural and domestic is reduced to a greater extent.

Tell us about the major achievements of TSERC in the last couple of years?

The major achievements include the implementation of e-office, timely issuance of tariff orders, resolving legal disputes between various stakeholders of the power sector, thereby issuing 202 orders.

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