Power ministry mandates energy accounting for discoms to curb power losses

The Ministry of Power on Monday said it has mandated energy accounting of distribution companies (discoms) to reduce electricity losses.

“As an important step under the ongoing power sector reforms, the Ministry of Power today mandated electricity distribution companies to undertake energy accounting on a periodic basis,” the ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The regulations in this regard have been issued by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) with the approval of the Ministry of Power, under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.

The notification stipulates quarterly energy accounting by discoms through a certified energy manager within 60 days. There will also be an annual energy audit by an independent accredited energy auditor. Both these reports will be published in the public domain.

Energy accounting reports will provide detailed information about electricity consumption by various categories of consumers and the transmission and distribution losses in various areas.

It will identify areas of high losses and theft and enable corrective actions.

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