India is the world's third largest producer and fourth largest consumer of electricity. With such a large size and being a capital intensive business, it has got its own importance. However, for the past few years, a lot of difficulties have been witnessed by the sector. As mentioned earlier, it is a capital intensive segment and as a result, even the balance sheet of the power companies are mostly leveraged. Due to a higher leveraged balance sheet and difficulties witnessed over the past few years, the power sector was one of those sectors that added Non Performing Assets (NPAs) to the Indian banking system.
However, in such a troubled time as well, there are many power companies that have managed to swim against the tide and come out of the difficult scenario almost unscratched. We, at POWER TODAY, felicitate companies related to the power sector every year to appraise the innovative efforts taken by them.
Keeping up with the tradition, PT is pleased to present Power 20:20, the league of 20 companies and 20 people who have managed to make their impact during the fiscal FY18. With the active support of our research team and an independent research provided by Astute Feed (Knowledge Partner), we have successfully carried out a large-scale annual exercise to analyse and rank the power sector players in a structured way. As a regular practice, we have taken the data from the most authentic sources, and a free and fair ranking system has been applied. The best part is that we have tried to keep it as simple as possible by making the parameters easier to understand.
To make the broader categories, we have bifurcated the sector in Thermal (Coal/Gas/Nuclear), Hydro, Solar and Wind. Even in those bifurcation, further classification has been made in terms of Private, Central and State Utilities. Along with power generation companies, we have awarded transmission, distribution and even the power equipment manufacturers. Financers also play an important role in the growth of the sector and hence, the organisation providing the highest financial assistance to the power sector has also been covered. Being a difficult year for the power sector, there are no surprise winners to the list but mostly, the old players have emerged as winners. Here, we provide a full list of the winners and the methodology applied for the same.
While NTPC, which is the largest state-run power player in India, has been awarded the rank for the Highest Growth Generation Company in the Thermal category, Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam has emerged the winner from the State category. The only surprising winner in the Highest Growth Generation Company in Thermal sector is RattanIndia Power from the Private segment.
As for the Highest Growth Generation Company in the Hydro, NHPC has been awarded as the central player and APGENCO has emerged as a top player from the state. In the Solar segment, Adani Green Power emerged as the winner, whereas in the Wind, ReNew Power emerged as a strong player.
In the category of the Highest Growth Conventional Fuel Companies (Coal), Coal India adjudged as the largest player in India extracting coal.
As for Generation Company with the Highest Installed Capacity, Reliance Power, which was the last year's winner, has sustained its lead to achieve the feat once again.
In the Transmission, Power Grid Corporation of India emerged as a winner with the Highest Growth in Network Creation in the Central Transmission segment. While in the State utility category, Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation emerged as the winner, in the similar category. Western Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Company stood as a winner in the Private segment.
In the Distribution segment, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company adjudged as a winner from the State sector and Tata Power emerged as a winner from the Private sector.
Innovation is also an important factor in the power segment and hence, we also rank most innovative companies in the country. While CESC is our winner in the Generation sector, Torrent Power is a winner from the Distribution segment. In the Renewable segment, Simpa Energy India emerged as a winner, a most innovative player.
SBI with the highest amount of disbursement to the power sector emerged as a winner for the award of Financial Institute with the Highest Support to the Power sector.
L&T and KEC International, like the previous year, have again emerged as the winners for Best-Selling Power Equipment Company in Generation and T&D Equipment, respectively. In the renewable equipment manufacturing, Waaree Energies is the winner with strong a order book position. Last, but not the least, Chhattisgarh State has been given the award of the Best Performing State in Power Reforms on the back of its performance to achieve power generation capacities as per target. Further, the Power for All project (supported by the Ministry of Power), also played an important role.
Highest Growth Generation Companies Category: We have selected companies which have added the highest installed capacity in 2017-18 as compared to 2016-17.
Most Innovative Power Companies Category: We have selected companies which have undertaken some unique innovation in 2017-18, which has either introduced a unique policy, improved efficiency, brought down the commissioning time or has undertaken some project on as scale never thought before.
Best Selling Power Equipment Companies Category: We have selected companies which have seen a significant increase in the revenue from operations in 2017-18, compared to 2016-17.
While considering the awards like Transmission Company with the highest growth in network creation in the 2017-18: We have added all Ckt KM capacities added by the individual companies and then a company adding the largest network is being awarded the rank. As for financial assistance to the power companies, disbursal during FY18 has been considered for the ranking.
Astute Feed and Power Today magazine have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the information contained herein has been obtained from reliable sources and that this publication is accurate in all respects. However, no reader should act on the basis of any information contained in this publication without considering and, if necessary, taking appropriate advice upon their own particular circumstances.
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