Power Sector being a regulated sector, under the ambit of government policies and stakeholders’ inputs regulator frames the regulations. Thus framed regulations are being followed by all the stakeholders – GenCo does power generation & injection in the grid; TransCo transmits this generated electricity; DISCOM ensures last mile connectivity and powering up the domestic, commercial, institutional and industrial infrastructure; Trader plays an active role in ensuring cheapest possible electricity to the buyers and costliest possible electricity to the sellers; etc. In this entire context, Central Government and State Government play their respective roles under the ambit of the Constitution and Regulations.
Amidst all above Government plays an extremely vital role. So, how does the ministry work!
“We are a very big and growing market. It is estimated that India will spend around Rs. 65 lakh crore on the power sector in the next 15 years to meet its growing demands and providing clean, affordable and 24/7 electricity to its citizens.”
– Piyush Goyal, Power Minister, also holds the Coal and Renewable Energy Portfolio.
- They chart policies:
It’s a document that charts Government’s political activities, plan and intentions to a real cause. Policies are for the government to take a course of action that makes a real life change. They are meant to handle a varied range of issues. They address a specific set of groups/people.
- What are different policies published by the Ministry of Power (MoP)?
So far Ministry of Power (Government of India) published various policies. Below are some of them:
- National Electricity Policy
- Rural Electrification Policy
- Tariff Policy
- Mega Power Projects, Policy Guidelines
- Hydro Power Policy
- Coal Linkage Policy for 12th Plan Projects
- Apart from Policies, MoP also publishes a lot of information by virtue of various reports and dashboards such as
- 5 year Plan targets and progress
- Renovation & Modernization of the Power Plants and Power Systems
- Development of Ultra Mega Power Projects
- Creation of National Grid
- HVDC Systems in India
- Best Practices of Transmission in the country
- Growth in Transmission Sector
- Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS)
- National Electricity Fund
- Guideline for Financial Restructuring
- National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM)
- Rural Electrification
- Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana
- Decentralized Distributed Generation
MoP has numerous divisions that take care of both technical as well as Non-technical activities pertaining to the day-to-day business of Government in the sector.
MoP has also built various dashboards showing progress of various schemes such as
- Tracking progress on Rural Household electrification
- Vidhyut Pravah
- Tracking state-wise & DISCOM-wise Demand and price from Exchange
- National Ujala Dashboard
- Tracking distribution of LED lights and its contribution in saving of electricity
- DEEP e-Bidding
- A portal to discover energy-efficient price on e-bidding portal for short-term power procurement
- Tracking real-time monitoring of the growth of Transmission Projects
- Tracking of State-wise and DISCOM-wise progress on IPDS schemes
- Tracking DISCOMs’ reform activities
- A lot of reports MoP does publish in consultation with Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
- Other than above, various miscellaneous information such as Tender Documents, Research and Training, Government Officials and their portfolio, etc are also published on the website and made available to the public for their knowledge.
Each of aforesaid Policy/Scheme/Guideline has a great importance within. In the subsequent posts, we shall write on them.