In a strategic move to address the surging electricity demand in Andhra Pradesh, the Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Ltd (EPDCL) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for demand-side management (DSM) initiatives. EPDCL joins a select group of distribution companies (Discoms) from across the country that have embraced this collaboration with the BEE.
This initiative comes in response to the notable increase in electricity demand, with APEPDCL witnessing a spike from 3900 MW to 4550 MW this summer, marking a substantial 17% rise. At this crucial juncture, the DSM initiatives will focus on key areas such as capacity building, technology deployment, transmission network improvement, and enhancing consumer awareness.
According to officials, the BEE’s critical DSM projects have gained significance with the Union Ministry of Power’s extended approval until the financial year 2026. Milind Deora, Secretary of BEE, representing Director General Abhay Bhakre, emphasized that demand-side management is a powerful tool to mitigate peak electricity demand.
“This will help modify consumer electricity demand, encourage consumers to use less energy during peak hours, and attempt to shift consumption to off-peak hours. Consumers, especially in the domestic sector, will benefit from reduced monthly bills and lower operational costs for Discoms,” explained Milind Deora, commending EPDCL for its adoption of the latest technologies and best practices in service delivery.
EPDCL has earned recognition as the leading Discom in the country for reducing aggregate and commercial losses. Milind Deora highlighted the significant role of DSM measures in contributing to environmental conservation and resource efficiency, citing a saving potential of approximately 10% of peak electricity demand.
Covering a minimum of 20% of Discom areas, 10% of total sub-divisions, and 10% of consumers for DSM measures implementation, the benefits extend beyond individual consumers to utilities and society at large. DSM measures encompass diverse sectors, including domestic, commercial, industrial, and agricultural, with a goal to revolutionize energy consumption patterns.
The mandatory use of energy-efficient equipment in government facilities is seen as a crucial step towards building a sustainable and energy-conscious future. The collaborative efforts between EPDCL and BEE reflect a commitment to meeting the growing energy demands while simultaneously fostering environmental sustainability and resource efficiency.