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More Power to India : The Challenge of Electricity Distribution

dc.contributor.author Pargal, Sheoli
dc.contributor.author Banerjee, Sudeshna Ghosh
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-23T21:50:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-23T21:50:25Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06-18
dc.description.abstract This report assesses progress in implementing the government of India's power sector reform agenda and examines the performance of the sector along different dimensions. India has emphasized that an efficient, resilient, and financially robust power sector is essential for growth and poverty reduction. Almost all investment-climate surveys point to poor availability and quality of power as critical constraints to commercial and manufacturing activity and national competitiveness. Further, more than 300 million Indians live without electricity, and those with power must cope with unreliable supply, pointing to huge unsatisfied demand and restricted consumer welfare. This report reviews the evolution of the Indian power sector since the landmark Electricity Act of 2003, with a focus on distribution as key to the performance and viability of the sector. While all three segments of the power sector (generation, transmission, and distribution) are important, revenues originate with the customer at distribution, so subpar performance there hurts the entire value chain. Persistent operational and financial shortcomings in distribution have repeatedly led to central bailouts for the whole sector, even though power is a concurrent subject under the Indian constitution and distribution is almost entirely under state control. Ominously, the recent sharp increase in private investment and market borrowing means power sector difficulties are more likely to spill over to lenders and affect the broader financial sector. Government-initiated reform efforts first focused on the generation and transmission segments, reflecting the urgent need for adding capacity and evacuating it and the complexity of issues to be addressed at the consumer interface. Consequently, distribution improvements have lagged, but it is now clear that they need to be a priority. This report thus analyzes the multiple sources of weakness in distribution and identifies the key challenges to improving performance in the short and medium term. The report is aimed at policy makers and government officials, academics, and civil society in the fields of energy, governance, and infrastructure economics and finance, as well as private investors and lenders in the energy arena. en
dc.identifier http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/06/19703395/more-power-india-challenge-electricity-distribution
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-4648-0233-1
dc.identifier.other 10.1596/ 978-1-4648-0233-1
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10986/18726
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Washington, DC: World Bank
dc.relation.ispartofseries Directions in Development--Energy and Mining;
dc.rights CC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subject ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY
dc.subject ACTION PLAN
dc.subject ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
dc.subject ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROGRAM
dc.subject AMOUNT OF POWER
dc.subject APPROACH
dc.subject AUCTIONS
dc.subject AVAILABILITY
dc.subject BACK UP
dc.subject BACKUP
dc.subject BACKUP POWER
dc.subject BALANCE
dc.subject BALANCE SHEETS
dc.subject BEST PRACTICES
dc.subject BIDDING FOR CONCESSIONS
dc.subject BILL COLLECTION
dc.subject BLOCK TARIFFS
dc.subject BUILDING POWER PLANTS
dc.subject BULK POWER
dc.subject BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
dc.subject BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
dc.subject BUSINESS OPERATION
dc.subject BUYERS
dc.subject CAPACITY BUILDING
dc.subject CAPITAL MARKETS
dc.subject CASH FLOW
dc.subject CERTIFICATES
dc.subject CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
dc.subject CLEAN ENERGY
dc.subject CLIMATE CHANGE
dc.subject COAL
dc.subject COAL PRODUCTION
dc.subject COLLECTION EFFICIENCY
dc.subject COMMERCIAL BANKS
dc.subject COMMERCIAL BUSINESS
dc.subject COMMERCIAL RISKS
dc.subject COMPETITIVE BIDDING
dc.subject COMPETITIVE POWER MARKETS
dc.subject COMPETITIVE PROCUREMENT
dc.subject COMPETITIVENESS
dc.subject CONSUMER WELFARE
dc.subject CONVENTIONAL GENERATION
dc.subject COORDINATION MECHANISMS
dc.subject COPYRIGHT
dc.subject COST OF POWER
dc.subject COST OF SERVICE
dc.subject COST RECOVERY
dc.subject CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
dc.subject CUSTOMER SERVICE
dc.subject DATA INTEGRITY
dc.subject DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
dc.subject DISTRIBUTION LOSSES
dc.subject DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS
dc.subject DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRICITY
dc.subject DOMAIN
dc.subject DOMESTIC COAL
dc.subject DUE DILIGENCE
dc.subject E-AUCTIONS
dc.subject E-MAIL
dc.subject ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
dc.subject ECONOMIC GROWTH
dc.subject ECONOMIC REFORMS
dc.subject EFFICIENCY ISSUES
dc.subject ELECTRICITY
dc.subject ELECTRICITY CAPACITY
dc.subject ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
dc.subject ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION
dc.subject ELECTRICITY REGULATOR
dc.subject ELECTRICITY SECTOR
dc.subject ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
dc.subject ELECTRIFICATION
dc.subject END-USERS
dc.subject ENERGY CONSERVATION
dc.subject ENERGY MARKETS
dc.subject ENERGY MIX
dc.subject ENTERPRISE SURVEY
dc.subject EXPANSION OF TRANSMISSION
dc.subject FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
dc.subject FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
dc.subject FINANCIAL SUPPORT
dc.subject FINANCIAL VIABILITY
dc.subject FISCAL DEFICIT
dc.subject FIXED CHARGE
dc.subject FOREIGN EXCHANGE
dc.subject FOREIGN INVESTORS
dc.subject FRANCHISEES
dc.subject FUEL
dc.subject FUEL USE
dc.subject GENERATING CAPACITY
dc.subject GENERATION
dc.subject GENERATION CAPACITY
dc.subject GENERATORS
dc.subject GLOBAL STANDARDS
dc.subject GOVERNANCE REQUIREMENTS
dc.subject GOVERNMENT BONDS
dc.subject GOVERNMENT POLICY
dc.subject GRID ELECTRICITY
dc.subject GRID EXTENSION
dc.subject GRID RENEWABLE ENERGY
dc.subject GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
dc.subject GROWTH PATH
dc.subject HARMONIZATION
dc.subject HYDROPOWER
dc.subject IMAGES
dc.subject INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS
dc.subject INDEPENDENT REGULATION
dc.subject INFORMATION SYSTEM
dc.subject INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
dc.subject INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
dc.subject INNOVATIONS
dc.subject INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK
dc.subject INTERFACE
dc.subject INTERNAL OPERATIONS
dc.subject INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE
dc.subject INVESTMENT CLIMATE
dc.subject INVESTMENT REQUIREMENTS
dc.subject JOINT VENTURES
dc.subject KILOWATT-HOUR
dc.subject LICENSE
dc.subject LICENSES
dc.subject LOAD FACTOR
dc.subject MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS
dc.subject MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
dc.subject MANUFACTURING
dc.subject MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
dc.subject MINE DEVELOPMENT
dc.subject MOBILE PHONES
dc.subject OPEN ACCESS
dc.subject OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
dc.subject OWNERSHIP SHARE
dc.subject PERFORMANCE MEASURES
dc.subject PERFORMANCE TARGETS
dc.subject PHOTO
dc.subject PILOT PROJECT
dc.subject POLICY FRAMEWORK
dc.subject POLLUTION
dc.subject POWER
dc.subject POWER AVAILABILITY
dc.subject POWER CONSUMPTION
dc.subject POWER CORPORATION
dc.subject POWER DISTRIBUTION
dc.subject POWER GENERATION
dc.subject POWER GENERATION CAPACITY
dc.subject POWER GRID
dc.subject POWER INDUSTRY
dc.subject POWER PLANTS
dc.subject POWER PROCUREMENT
dc.subject POWER PRODUCER
dc.subject POWER PRODUCERS
dc.subject POWER PURCHASE
dc.subject POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS
dc.subject POWER PURCHASE COSTS
dc.subject POWER PURCHASES
dc.subject POWER SECTOR
dc.subject POWER SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
dc.subject POWER SECTOR REFORM
dc.subject POWER SHORTAGES
dc.subject POWER SUPPLIERS
dc.subject PRIMARY ENERGY
dc.subject PRIMARY ENERGY SUPPLY
dc.subject PRIVATE INVESTMENT
dc.subject PRIVATE OPERATORS
dc.subject PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
dc.subject PRIVATE SECTOR
dc.subject PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION
dc.subject PROCUREMENT PROCESS
dc.subject PROFESSIONAL STAFF
dc.subject PUBLIC FINANCE
dc.subject PUBLIC INVESTMENT
dc.subject PUBLIC POWER
dc.subject PUBLIC SECTOR
dc.subject QUERIES
dc.subject REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
dc.subject REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
dc.subject RELIABILITY
dc.subject RENEWABLE ENERGY
dc.subject RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY
dc.subject RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION
dc.subject RESULT
dc.subject RESULTS
dc.subject REVENUE COLLECTION
dc.subject REVENUE SHORTFALLS
dc.subject RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
dc.subject SOLAR ENERGY
dc.subject SOLAR POWER
dc.subject SPOT MARKET
dc.subject STATE UTILITIES
dc.subject SUPPLY CHAIN
dc.subject SUPPLY CONTRACTS
dc.subject SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
dc.subject TARIFF BIDS
dc.subject TARIFF BLOCK
dc.subject TARIFF LEVELS
dc.subject TARIFF STRUCTURES
dc.subject TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
dc.subject TECHNICAL SUPPORT
dc.subject TELEPHONE
dc.subject THERMAL POWER
dc.subject THERMAL POWER PLANT
dc.subject THERMAL POWER PLANTS
dc.subject TRANSACTION
dc.subject TRANSACTION COSTS
dc.subject TRANSLATION
dc.subject TRANSMISSION GRID
dc.subject TRANSMISSION LINES
dc.subject TRANSMISSION OWNERS
dc.subject TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
dc.subject UNIVERSAL SERVICE
dc.subject USER
dc.subject USERS
dc.subject USES
dc.subject UTILITIES
dc.subject UTILITY OPERATIONS
dc.subject VALUE CHAIN
dc.subject VOLTAGE
dc.subject WIND
dc.title More Power to India : The Challenge of Electricity Distribution en
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okr.date.disclosure 2014-06-20
okr.doctype Publications & Research :: Publication
okr.docurl http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/06/19703395/more-power-india-challenge-electricity-distribution
okr.globalpractice Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
okr.globalpractice Transport and ICT
okr.globalpractice Governance
okr.globalpractice Transport and ICT
okr.globalpractice Trade and Competitiveness
okr.globalpractice Energy and Extractives
okr.identifier.doi 10.1596/978-1-4648-0233-1
okr.identifier.externaldocumentum 000456286_20140620091641
okr.identifier.internaldocumentum 19703395
okr.identifier.report 88906
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okr.peerreview Academic Peer Review
okr.region.administrative South Asia
okr.region.country India
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okr.relation.associatedurl https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/18868
okr.topic Energy :: Energy Production and Transportation
okr.topic Infrastructure Economics and Finance :: Infrastructure Economics
okr.topic Economic Theory and Research
okr.topic Private Sector Development :: E-Business
okr.topic Governance :: National Governance
okr.topic Macroeconomics and Economic Growth
okr.unit Energy (SASDE)
okr.volume 1 of 1
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