Energy efficiency is at the top of Tata Power Delhi Distribution’s list of priorities

Tata Power Delhi Distribution is leading the way when it comes to implementing energy efficiency and power reliability programmes.
Published: Thu 15 Sep 2016

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Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) has been a pioneer in introducing new smart grid technologies in India’s distribution sector and has become the first Indian power utility to launch the Automated Demand Response (ADR) Project with smart meters in the Delhi.

It is one of the first projects in the world where ADR and AMI (advanced metering infrastructure for smart meters) are conceptualised together. Project participants include selected industrial and commercial consumers of TPDDL with loads exceeding 300kW. The aim of the project is to effectively manage demand during grid emergencies and improve the reliability of power.

The ADR project-empowering customers

The project’s components include automated demand response (ADR) infrastructure, smart meters, radio frequency (RF) mesh based communication, Meter Data Management system(MDMS) and its integration with other operational technology and IT systems like outage management system (OMS), SAP, etc.

Approximately 165 consumers participated in this project and contributed towards a collective shed potential of 12MW. The integrated project has empowered consumers to analyse consumption patterns closely and optimise electrical equipment energy consumption and processes through the dedicated customer portal. The portal gives customers options to set relevant threshold values for key parameters like load and power factor. They also receive alerts once these thresholds are breached either through the portal or directly by mobile phone text messages.  

The smart meters installed at the consumer’s premises, which is integrated with the TPDDL control centre, provides the company with instant information on outages and other factors related to power quality, thereby improving power reliability. It also helps manage peak power demand more efficiently and it avoids costly and unnecessary power purchases during peak consumption periods. It also helps with effective grid management when it comes to the new age distribution network capability.

Commenting on the ADR Project, Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, TPDDL, says: “As a smart power distribution entity, we have been constantly adopting and embracing the latest technologies. The ADR project is another pioneering initiative towards smart power distribution and will empower consumers to analyse consumption patterns closely and make optimal use of electrical equipment and associated energy consumptions. It further permits us to effectively manage peak power demand and grid emergencies situations for building a robust distribution network.”

TPDDL wins innovators award

Further to this, TPDDL has also just received the prestigious Asian Utility Innovators Award under the category Demand Side Management Project at the 17th Annual Asian Utility Week, 2016 which was held in Bangkok, Thailand.

The company won the award for its initiative to promote the use of energy efficient air conditioners under its 5 star AC rebate scheme. With the successful implementation of the scheme, TPDDL would save 11.61 mega units energy and 12.9MW load annually.

The scheme helped consumers reduce their electricity consumption and bills.

Before the launch of the award winning 5 star rated AC scheme, TPDDL rolled out a highly successful LED bulbs scheme for over seven million consumers in the national capital. Under the scheme, the company managed to sell over 15 lakh (approximately $28,000) of LED bulbs at highly discounted rates which resulted in a savings of over 15.75MU energy.

Commenting on the recognition, Sinha said, “We are honoured and proud to be recognised as one of the leading companies engaged in demand side management (DSM) initiatives at the Asian level. As a leading power utility, we have been constantly advocating and incentivising energy conservation schemes for the benefit of customers. Our DSM schemes not only aim to reduce power consumption but also help customers in reducing spending on electricity bills.”

TPDDL’s plans support government’s energy goal

TPDDL’s energy efficiency plans fall in line with what India’s government is planning. The government plans to replace energy-intensive appliances with more efficient designs in order to save as much as 600 billion rupees ($8.9 billion) a year.

The federal power ministry’s plan to replace incandescent lights with LED bulbs and use energy-efficient irrigation pumps, fans and air conditioners can cut about 30GW of peak-hour generation demand in three years, according to Saurabh Kumar, managing director of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., a joint venture of four government-run power companies. This is equivalent to fivefold the peak summer needs of the capital New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized efficient energy use to conserve resources and help curb environmental damage in a fossil-fuel driven economy. The plan is crucial to fulfilling his promise of providing around-the-clock electricity to every household by 2019.

For a deeper insight into demand response trends, have a look at Engerati’s demand response In Focus page. The next webinar, The Demand Response  Masters-EU vs USA Perspectives, takes place on 12 October 2016.

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