Bhubaneswar,25/5 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : “Odisha has been a pioneer among States in India in embarking on a comprehensive reform of the state power sector. The aim of the reform was to address the fundamental issues underlying poor performance of the Orissa State Electricity Board and restructure the power sector. The objective was to make power supply more efficient, meet the growing need and develop an economically viable power industry which would enable Orissa to attract private investment while safeguarding the interests of the consumers”, said Hemant Sharma, CMD- GRIDCO while addressing at Odisha Power Conclave- 2015 organised by CNFC Media on Monday at Hotel Swosti Premium here.
The conclave discussed State Government’s mission of expanding power generation capacity, transmission & distribution network and providing 24×7 reliable and quality power at affordable rate to the people & industry in the State. The topic of discussion was IT in Power Distribution, Power Sector Reforms & Financial Sustainability of Power Distribution Sector in Odisha: Lesson Learnt & the Way Forward.
The program was moderated by MD- CNFC Media Juhi Rajput, who stated said that in spite of being the first to start the reform process, Odisha has not succeeded in reforming its power sector yet. A power-surplus State, it is unable to provide its consumers an uninterrupted supply. Having low cost hydropower and demand less than the production, it should have one of the lowest energy tariffs in the India. But energy tariff in Odisha is 13th among States and climbing steadily over the last few years. A pioneer in power sector reforms and in privatization of power sector, ironically Odisha’s distribution sector still has high losses and no funds for system up gradation. Odisha’s AT&C loss at around 40 percent is far higher than the national average of 27 percent, she added.
Other speakers in the program included B. K. Mishra, Chairman, CESU, Aswini Kumar Das, Member- ORIERC, Shrirang Karandikar, CEO, India Power, Brahma Mishra, Chairman Power Committee- UCCI and Satinath Chattopadhyay, Utility Head (Energy Business) Schneider Electric.