The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) today pitched for establishment of a smart card grid for power transmission to regulate supply to consumers and prevent theft of the commodity.
Electricity transmission through a smart card grid should be considered by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) and other stakeholders so as to regulate consumption of the commodity and prevent its theft,BERC Chairman U N Panjiar said at the three-day,28th meeting of the Forum of Regulators (FOR) at Bodh Gaya.
Electricity supply through a smard card grid should be give due consideration as the mechanism was bound to improve utilisation of the commodity and prevent its pilferage and theft under the present transmission sytem,Panjiar said.
He also rued the fact that Bihar has been receiving inadequate electricity from the central quota,so much so that the state was able to meet only 40 per cent of the demand for the commodity.
The state government was working hard to meet domestic demand for electricity by purchasing it from power power producers and distributors,but the gap between demand and supply continued to be a problem,the BERC Chairman said.
Efforts were being made to generate power from renewable sources like solar and biogas to meet the growing demand for electricity in Bihar,Panjiar said.
With the state government having to make do with purchase of electricity from producers and distributors at a generally high rate to meet domestic demand,Panjiar urged the CERC and other stakeholders to formulate a policy for common tariffs for electricity throughout the country.
The Chairpersons of all State Electricity Regulatory Commissions and Joint Electricity Regulatory Commissions are attending the meeting to discuss and analyse issues of common interest and requiring a common approach,undertake research on issues relevant to power sector regulation,evolve measures for protection of the interest of consumers and promotion of efficiency,economy and competition in the power sector.