The Saubhagya effect on power distribution utilities: A report

12 Feb 2018

A study to highlight the real and perceived implications on power distribution companies due to the large-scale intensification of rural electrification in India

Report Authors: Bigsna Gill, Astha Gupta and Debajit Palit

(From left) Debajit Palit, Senior Fellow and Director, TERI; Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI; Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI; and Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies, at the launch of the report on the final day of the World Sustainable Development Summit 2019.

The report 'Rural electrification: Impact on distribution companies in India' is based on a study by TERI. It highlights the perspectives and experiences of power distribution companies (discoms) undertaking intensive electrification under the Saubhagya, the household electrification scheme of the Govt of India.

The report draws attention to the operational, institutional, and financial pressures that discoms have experienced in delivering their targets within constraining timelines. More importantly, the report also brings out the various process and technology innovations that discoms have put in place to improve performance and service. This report attempts to have a deeper discussion on the way forward after Saubhagya is set in motion and establishing a more inclusive decision making outlook between discoms and policy makers.