DIMAPUR,SEPTEMBER 14: Advisor, Power, H. Tovihoto Ayemi has called for introduction of the latest state-of-the-art technologies to modernize power system in the Northeastern states so that the goal of 24×7 power for all would be achieved. He hoped that it would also improve the overall efficiency of the power system in all the states.
Addressing the 20th North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) meeting at Hotel Vivanta Taj, Guwahati on Thursday, he said it is time that all North Eastern States must realized that power is the engine of growth of any developing economy and that no major economic activity can sustain without adequate and reliable power.
He exhorted the gathering by saying that electricity like any other infrastructure has overriding declared social responsibilities and obligations and there is a need to provide electricity at an affordable cost. While appreciating the role of NERPC in co-ordinating activities like system planning, system operation, scheduling and drawal of Power, generation schedule, resolving commercial issues etc, he felt that NERPC should stretch its hand a little bit more to be truly a spokesman for resolving these issues.
In particular, TovihotoAyemi raised two very important issues confronting the State of Nagaland and all other North Eastern States and it was well accepted by the forum and the North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) had agreed to take up the matter with Ministry of Power, GoI and Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).
The first issue was regarding the Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM) regulation wherein the 4th Amendment regime was made effective from January 2019 resulting in huge financial burden in the form of DSM payables affecting the financial health of small States like Nagaland. After raising the matter earlier, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission(CERC) had realised the problems and to some extent the matter has now been partially relaxed through the latest 5th Amendment but this is not sufficient as the 5th Amendment was made effective only from 3rd June 2019 and thus the financial burden from January 2019 to June 2019 still remain unresolved.
The second issue raised during the meeting was regarding the need to set up a reliable and robust communication and telemetry system in the North Eastern Region for facilitating optimum scheduling and dispatch of electricity within the state, monitor grid operations, keep accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted through the State Grid, exercise supervision and control over intra-state transmission system and carry out real time operations of Grid in accordance with Grid Standards and the State Grid Code.
Both these issues raised during the meeting had gone well with all the North Eastern States and unanimous decision was taken by NERPC to raise the matter immediately with Ministry of Power, GoI and Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). While addressing the meet, Tovihoto had stressed on the power scenario of the state which has only one Small Hydro Project (SHP) in operation accounting for 26.7 MW and that the state is totally dependent on its share of power allocation from the central sector.
On challenges faced by the state in terms of power, Tovihoto stated that the state is facing acute power crisis during dry season as the government cannot afford to buy expensive power from market and only by generation of state own hydro generation capacity, the financial health of the state power utility can be stabilized.
Tovihoto exuded confidence underlying the various viable hydro potential locations in the state which will be able to generate abundance of electricity for the state. He said, “There is high potential of Small Hydro Electricity Project (SHEP) in the state and the department has now identified various viable hydro potential locations and we are referring the matter to Ministry of Power, Government of India for funding”.
On funding constraints, Tovihoto expressed gratitude to NERPC and NERLDC for providing continued assistance to Nagaland in managing day to day power supply in the state.
Tovihoto strongly reiterated that the current funding ceiling limit on Small Hydro Electricity Project (SHEP) should be immediately lifted and based on merit there should be 100% funding by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
On State Load Dispatch Center (SLDC) in Nagaland, Tovihoto appreciated NERPC for playing an important role in bringing the SLDC in the state which is facilitating optimum scheduling and dispatch of electricity within the state, monitoring the grid operations, keeping accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted through the State Grid, exercising supervision and control over intra-state transmission system and also carry out real time operations of Grid in accordance with Grid Standards and the State Grid Code.
He further pointed out that though the SLDC is doing well in the state but lately various issues are coming up relating to its operation and urged the NERPC to act as a true spokesman for resolving these issues at the earliest.
The Power Minister of Meghalaya, James Sangma chaired the NERPC meeting which was attended by Power Ministers and officials of all the 8 North Eastern States. (Page News Service)