New loadshedding protocol being devised based on power theft,losses
In a move to curb power thefts in the state,the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has decided to increase loadshedding in regions that experienced largescale losses owing to theft. A new system has been devised by the power utility wherein loadshedding will be based on amount of loss due to power thefts.
In Pune division,Manchar will face loadshedding for over seven hours due to high distribution and commercial losses.
An official letter sent to superintending engineers in all divisions,which has been posted on the power utilitys website,says the loadshedding protocol needs to be fair and just for consumers paying dues in time as well as where losses/thefts are low. The loadshedding protocol needs to be sensitive to genuine consumers and has to be harsh in areas where losses are high and payment of electricity dues is low.
Based on the new system devised by the power company,now regions with heavy power thefts will fall in the D,E and F categories. Regions in F division wherein losses of around 50 to 55 per cent are recorded in urban and 53 to 58 per cent in rural areas will see loadshedding for 7 and 13 hours respectively. Based on level of distribution and commercial loss (DCL) MSEDCL will have loadshedding hours ranging from 7 to 11 hours in city areas and 13 to 16 hours in rural areas.
Officials said the high DCL losses in many areas is on account of some specific feeders and is not the true picture of the general area as a whole. There will be a segregation of feeders having very high and very low losses so that a modified loadshedding protocol can be applied at the feeder level instead of the division level.
Three very high-level DCL groups are being identified,G1,G2 and G 3. With formation of these three groups,there will be areas that will move based on their own performance of DCL loss.