ADVANCING POWER SECTOR REFORMS IN MAHARASHTRA

ADVANCING POWER SECTOR REFORMS IN MAHARASHTRA

This project resulted in the development of a power sector vision document for Maharashtra and the preparation of an IT roadmap for the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), highlighting past digital initiatives and recommending future areas of thrust. The project was undertaken by WISE in association with KPMG Advisory Services Limited, Mumbai, and supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi.

WISE and KPMG worked directly under the guidance of the Principal Secretary, Energy, Government of Maharashtra to develop the Power Sector Vision 2030 document. The final report was launched by the Honourable Energy Minister of Maharashtra, Chandrashekhar Bawankule. In the second major initiative on the study of the technology evolution of MSEDCL, the project team worked under the direct supervision of the CMD, MSEDCL. A booklet detailing MSEDCL’s IT initiatives and recommendations on key future interventions was submitted to the CMD, MSEDCL.

The Power Sector Vision 2030 document advocates a strategic view of the future, specifically in the context of emerging disruptions: digitilization, decentralization and decarbonization. The report provides guidance on specific actionable strategies that the state power sector could initiate and highlights trigger events that could lead to market strategies or technology-forcing for precipitating actions.

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Enhancing Digital Customer Experience for distribution utility

Enhancing Digital Customer Experience for distribution utility

The study’s objectives were to evaluate the existing digital journey experiences of a leading distribution utility’s customers and recommend new digital customer engagement strategies to enhance customer experience in line with global best practices. The project was undertaken by WISE in association with KPMG Advisory Services Limited, Mumbai, and supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi.

WISE and KPMG worked closely with the top management and IT team of the utility to map all key consumer journeys along with key pain points and benchmarked existing practices with global best practices, to provide a roadmap for improving the digital customer experience.

UPSCALING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITIES FOR STRENGTHENING POWER SECTOR UTILITIES

UPSCALING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITIES FOR STRENGTHENING POWER SECTOR UTILITIES

Under the project, WISE aimed to upscale and enhance its institutional capacities and leverage it towards benefitting and strengthening power sector utilities, especially in meeting the emerging disruptive technological innovations and challenges in the sector. WISE developed three research documents/approach papers on 1) Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of electricity subsidy, 2) new regulatory framework for energy storage technologies, and 3) a primer on digitalisation opportunities in Maharashtra.

The direct benefit transfer study focuses on the agricultural sector in Maharashtra and aims to develop an approach paper on new DBT power supply models that would transfer the agricultural subsidy directly to the farmers while utilizing the benefits of government schemes. The second approach paper on regulatory models for energy storage aims to review and analyse the challenges related to definition and asset classification of energy storage in grid applications and suggest new regulatory models to allow bulk energy storage providers to monetize multiple value streams, in addition to claiming fixed capacity payments under specific service types. Both the approach papers were peer reviewed. In continuation with its interest and focus on the state of Maharashtra, WISE is also preparing a primer that seeks to suggest potential opportunities for digitalization in the state.

The project is supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi.

Development of RE-based Mini-grid regulations for Odisha

Development of RE-based Mini-grid regulations for Odisha

With the objective of accelerating the development of decentralized electricity generation in the country, WISE supported the Government of Odisha to develop RE-based mini-grid generation and supply regulations for improving energy access to remote communities in the state.

WISE worked in association with the state nodal agency, OREDA, to prepare an initial approach paper highlighting the key parameters for consideration in generation and supply regulations. The approach paper was put up for public consultation and the inputs were incorporated in finalizing the mini-grid regulations which were subsequently notified by the state regulatory commission in 2019. The project helped the state to advocate, promote and deploy RE-based mini-grid projects on scale and enhance energy access and socio-economic development of the underserved/un-electrified rural areas within its boundaries.

The project received support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, and the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).

WISE-MNRE-WORLD BANK CAPACITY BUILDING OF SNAs

WISE-MNRE-WORLD BANK CAPACITY BUILDING OF SNAs

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in association with World Bank awarded a study to WISE to undertake capacity building of state nodal agencies of four states, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The project scope involved assessment of key functional areas of the SNAs, preparation of state-specific action plans and implementation of strategic interventions to strengthen the SNAs in executing RE- based off-grid solutions.

WISE visited each SNA and interacted with their key officials. It assessed core functional areas, including project planning, project implementation practices, organizational and HR processes, policy and regulatory framework, financial management, and governance. WISE also prepared a diagnostic report followed by a state-specific action plan (for each state) for supporting off-grid renewable development. Two technical training programmes were also imparted — the first aimed at managerial staff focusing on policy, regulations, financing, and business model, and the second targeted field-level staff focusing on hands-on knowledge in solar PV installation and O&M. The project team also developed a comprehensive manual on installation, operation and maintenance of solar-based off-grid systems. The project helped the SNAs to support and develop new off-grid programmes.

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CAPACITY BUILDING OF BIHAR RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

CAPACITY BUILDING OF BIHAR RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

As the title suggests, the project helped to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA), by building employee resource capabilities and enabling better management of different functions and procedures, thus helping the nodal agency discharge its duties more effectively and efficiently and providing better and prompt services to the public.

Taking inputs from the role envisaged for BREDA in the RE Policy of Bihar, WISE formulated a vision document that centred on decentralized renewable energy-based systems. The vision document made specific recommendations on interventions in the area of project planning and implementation, organizational structure and HRM, employee skill development and capacity building, financial management and governance, and communications and outreach. WISE also prepared a detailed business plan for BREDA. The work by WISE helped BREDA take on a more active role in decentralized energy development projects.

The project was supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi.