To curb rising transmission and distribution (T&D) losses, Bihar government is now planning to introduce smart grids. In this attempt, it has found a partner in state run transmission utility Power Grid Corporation, which recently submitted a proposal for pilot project.
Smart grids can trim T&D losses, ensure better availability of power and quality of supply, besides controlling thefts in this power deprived state. “Providing quality electricity is our government’s priority,” said State Energy Minister Vijayendra Yadav, “and for that we are taking every possible step. We are trying our best to increase the generation and taking open market route too. More than 4,000 MW will be available for the state by 2015-16. However, increasing T&D losses are a matter of concern.” Bihar has one of the largest T&D losses in the country with almost 43 percent of the installed capacity being lost in transmission.
The Minister said, “We have aimed to bring it down to 10 percent in next five years. For this we have decided to rely on technology. We are right now planning to introduce Smart grids in Bihar. It is a very advance and innovative technology, which can help us in a big way.”
Power Grid Corporation has shown interest to introduce this concept in the state. According to sources, the state run transmission utility has recently made a presentation to state government officials about this. “Power Grid is very egger to bring this technology. The company has asked the state government to allocate one major city for the pilot project. They are very keen for Muzaffarpur,” said one of the state government officials, who were present in this meeting. However, money can play spoilsport in this attempt. “For one city, we will need almost Rs 100 crores. This is a very big sum, which is not easy to come by. On the other hand, we lose hefty sum every year due to weak T&D structure,” said Yadav.