Sunday, February 25, 2018

The erstwhile UPSEB was unbundled into three separate entities through the UP Reforms Transfer Scheme, 2000.

  • Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) for transmission and distribution within the State
  • Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVUNL) for thermal generation
  • Uttar Pradesh Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UPJVNL) for hydro generation

After the enactment of the Electricity Act, 2003, four new distribution companies were created, through the Uttar Pradesh Transfer of Distribution Undertaking Scheme, 2003:

  • Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (Agra discom, or DVVNL)
  • Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (Lucknow discom, or MVVNL)
  • Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (Meerut discom, or PVVNL)
  • Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (Varanasi discom, or PuVVNL)

Kanpur Electricity Supply Company (KESCO) is another state-owned distribution licensee responsible for distribution and supply of electricity in Kanpur city.

Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL) is a private distribution utility, supplying electricity in the Greater Noida area.

Present Status

As of 2017 Sasan ultra mega power project with installed capacity of 3,960 MW is fully functional.

As per state budget 2017-18, the state government is targeting to supply power for 24 hours in urban areas & for 18 hours in rural areas. Further, it aims to provide 24x7 electricity by October 2018.

Noida, Uttar Pradesh-based infrastructure & energy-based conglomerate - The Jaypee Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kazakhstan’s national agency for investment & export - KAZNEX INVEST, to collaborate in several areas of mutual interest.

In May 2017, Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd. (BHEL) commissioned 3 units of 1980-megawatt coal-based thermal power plants in Bara tehsil in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh within a span of 85 days. The project is owned by Prayagraj Power Generation Company Limited (PPGCL), a subsidiary company of Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd.

Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved transmission capital expenditure worth Rs 20,000 crore (US$ 3.11 billion) between FY18-20, an increase of 107% over FY15-17.

In June 2017, Adani Group announced the commissioning of a 50 MW solar photovoltaic plant in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh under the National Solar Mission Scheme with investment of US$ 46.85 million.

As of January 2018, the state government has planned to set up about 6,000 solar power plants over the coming five years in Uttar Pradesh in order to meet the government’s target of 10,700 MW of clean energy.

As of March 2017, the holy cities Gorakhpur, Mathura, Ayodhya & Varanasi are slated to get 24 x 7 power supply, with a view to encourage tourism in the cities. With better administration & focus on development a file index system has been started, making it compulsory to rectify the problem.

The center has given approval to the 1,320 MW coal-based super critical Khujra power project at a cost of US$1.44 billion in Bulandshahar district, Uttar Pradesh.

In February 2018, the Rs 4,150 crore (US$ 641.03 million) worth of mega power transmission line for the Western Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Company Ltd (WUPPTCL) has been commissioned by the Megha Engineering & Infrastructure Ltd (MEIL). The project will transit 13,220 Mega Volt Amp (MVA) of power and will benefit 10 districts in the western Uttar Pradesh region.