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Cover Story | August 2014

Power 20:20 | West Bengal Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL)

Distribution companies with best profitability (State Discom) : West Bengal Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL)

WBSEDCL was formed after restructuring of erstwhile WBSEB into WBSETCL and WBSEDCL in April 2007. WBSEDCL is among India´s most innovative power distribution companies. The installed generation capacity for the year 2012-13 was around 1077.37 MW against 1069 MW in the previous year.

WBSEDCL provides power to 96 per cent of West Bengal. The service network spans over 5 Zones, 17 Regional Offices, 53 distribution divisions and 464 Customer Care Centres.

It caters to almost 80 per cent of the peak power demand of the State. WBSEDCL purchased a total of 34,111.650 MU of electricity from various Central, State and Private generators during FY 2012-13. Total units sold to consumers by the discom during FY 2012-13 was 25,069 MU.

To mitigate short power supply and being an environment-friendly corporate, WBSEDCL has set up the Purulia Pumped Storage Project with a capacity of 900 MW hydel power.

Key Success Factors

  • Information technology: WBSEDCL is undertaking IT initiatives under this Part A of R-APDRP project in 62 towns and will implement SCADA in three towns. It will also install ERP systems in 970 locations and set up 350 customer care centres in the State. - Smart grid: The company is in the process of implementation of pilot project of Smart Meters with AMI facility in Siliguri Town under Smart Grid initiative of Indian Smart Grid Task Force. In the pilot project, the company has opted for monitoring and delivering power through smart grid mechanism.
  • Prepaid metering: At present, four customer care centres at Bidhannagar & New Town area have been brought under this scheme. As on 31st March 2013 total 10,160 (1411 meters for Bidhannagar & 8749 meters for New Town) of pre-paid meters have been installed covering Bidhannagar-I, Bidhannagar-II, Bidhannagar-III & New Town Electric Supply Company Ltd. Both single phase (4847) & three phase connections (5313) have been provided.
  • Rural electrification: To cope up with rapid and enormous rural electrification work in West Bengal, it is expected that 30 lakh households will be electrified. WBSEDCL is undertaking various projects for rural electrification like RGGVY, West Bengal Rural Household Electrification Program, Sunderban and Sagar Island electrification work, etc. The company is developing infrastructure for electrification programme in 10 districts. Under WBREP State Scheme, electrification of 8,021 mouzas in four districts of West Bengal has been targeted to provide around six lakh BPL connections.
  • Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Turga Pumped Storage Project (1000 MW) and Bandu in progress.
  • Pumped Storage Project (900 MW) in Purulia are under preparation.
  • The Company is in the process of implementation of pilot project of Smart Meters.
  • Laying of new 440 km 33 kv line (planned)
  • Laying of new 440 km 33 kv line (planned)

Awards and accolades

  • Adjudged 3rd best power utility organised by Tech India for outstanding achievement in power sector reforms and customer service.
  • Ranked 2nd among 20 States in India´s power distribution sector. æA´ rating was awarded to WBSEDCL for its high operational and financial performance. The rating exercise was co-ordinated by the Power Finance Corporation under the aegis of the Ministry of Power and was executed by ICRA and CARE.
  • Indian Chamber of Commerce has conferred third ¨Best Utility¨ award to WBSEDCL in its 6th energy summit.
  • Crossed the benchmark of 125 lakh customer base. 97 lakh were rural consumers and 28 lakh were urban consumers.
  • Additions of 419 km 33 kv line, 22088 km 11 kv line, 22502 km LT line. Erection of 10 nos. 33/11kv sub-station evacuating 112 MVA power and Augmentation of 33/11 kv sub-station evacuating 201 MVA power were completed.
Parameter Details
Ownership State owned
Industry Electric Utility
Founded 2007
Headquarters Kolkata, India
Products Electricity Distribution
Net Income Rs. 16,763 cr
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