Ahmedabad, Aug 6: Two of the four Gujarat state-owned power distribution companies (Discoms) topped in the 10th Integrated Rating of Power Distribution Utilities, released by the Union Power Ministry.

Out of the total 71 discoms evaluated, Gujarat discoms, namely Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL) and Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited (MGVCL) secured the first and second spot, respectively, while two other State discoms, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL) and Pashchim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) ranked fourth and eighth respectively with A+ grade.

R K Singh, Minister for power, new and renewable energy on Friday launched the 10th Integrated Rating of Power Distribution Utilities, 1st Consumer Service Rating of DISCOMs and Bharat eSmart Mobile Application (BeSMA) in New Delhi.

Source: 10th Integrated rating of power distribution utilities, August 2022

Source: 10th Integrated rating of power distribution utilities, August 2022

Gujarat Energy Minister Kanu Desai attributed this success to the government's proactive consumer-oriented approach and various innovative measures to increase power facilities.

"Energy sector was facing critical time. Global situation of the supply of coal and gas had led to the situation of electricity shortage. Power cuts had increased in other states," Patel said, adding that Gujarat could address the problem due to an adequate supply of coal and a sufficient quantity of railway racks made available following a successful and amicable solution through fruitful consultation with the Union Minister of Energy, Railway Minister and Coal Minister.

The Integrated Rating exercise has been carried out annually since 2012 to evaluate the performance of utilities on parameters covering financial sustainability, performance excellence and external environment and their ability to sustain improvements year over year.

This year, for the first time, besides the State discoms, private DISCOMs and State Power Departments have also been included for comprehensive sectoral coverage.

A total of 12 discoms made it to A+ grade, including six State-run utilities from Gujarat (4), Dadra & Nagar Haveli (1) and Haryana (1) and six private utilities from Gujarat (2), Maharashtra (2), Uttar Pradesh (1) and West Bengal (1).

The private utilities included Torrent Power's Ahmedabad and Surat utilities, Adani Group's Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited and Tata Power Mumbai Limited, Uttar Pradesh's Noida Power Company Limited and West Bengal's India Power Corporation Ltd.

The power departments of Daman & Diu, Chandigarh and BEST- Maharashtra secured an A grade in the assessment.

Out of 71 utilities, 26 (including Power Departments) have Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses of less than 15 per cent in fiscal 2021 as compared to 21 utilities in the previous year. Notably, AT&C losses between FY19-21 have broadly remained unchanged over the last three years, at about 21 per cent, said the report.

Total 14 utilities scored greater than 10 out of 13 on the performance excellence that included parameters like billing efficiency, collection efficiency, corporate governance, and distribution loss -SERC approved. The top 5 among them were UGVCL, Torrent Power Ahmedabad, TPML, IPCL, and DGVCL.

The report findings also showed that state utilities of Gujarat and Haryana and private discoms had taken certain innovative measures to improve overall financial and operational performance.