Success Story: Deploying an Energy Management System at a Distribution Utility

In our previous blog we spoke on an ambitious initiative by the Government to ensure financial viability of DISCOMs, we noted the considerable gap between cost incurred and revenue earned by DISCOMs. The losses made by DISCOMs has a domino effect on the entire value chain in the power sector, as evidenced by the dues …

Success Story: Testing and Maintenance of Electrical Equipment at a Steel Manufacturing Plant

Studies show that in 2019, India was the world’s second largest producer of crude steel with a capacity of 111.2 MT. India’s finished steel consumption is also projected to rise from 99 MT (2018-19) to 230 MT by 2030-31. Furthermore, with the government’s view towards self-reliance, steel companies are ramping up steel production capacity. Therefore, …

An ambitious reform oriented scheme to ensure financial viability of DISCOMs in India

In a previous blog detailing our views on the impact of the Union Budget on the power sector, we referred to the proposed revamped, reforms-linked scheme providing assistance to DISCOMs. At the time, details on the scheme were forthcoming. Recently, the Central Government circulated the draft guidelines on the new scheme and invited comments from …

Hi-Pot Testing : What, Why and How

The electrical grid network is oftentimes classified as critical infrastructure. For electrical utilities, any disruption which leads to major downtime is a major source of revenue loss. Furthermore, policymakers today expect network operators to deliver 24/7 electricity to the retail consumers. As a result, it is important that electrical equipment have the highest standards of …

Our Views on Impact Of The Union Budget On The Power Sector

The Hon’ble Finance Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, presented the Union Budget for the year 2021-22 on February 01, 2021. The budget was presented in unprecedented circumstances, with the pandemic driving the economy to a major contraction. The Atmanirbhar Bharat packages, introduced in May 2020, were a key marker of the vision of a self-sufficient India.  …

Importance of Velocity of Propagation in TDR Method for UG cable fault location

In the previous blog, we concluded our three-part series on underground cable fault location. To review, we discussed the types of cable faults, methodology for locating cable faults, fault finding through Pre-location techniques and cable route tracing, pinpointing, cable identification and repair and re-test. In Part-2 of our 3 part series, we introduced the methodology …

Step 2 in Underground Cable Fault Location : Cable Route Tracing, Pinpointing, Cable Identification, Repair & Re-test

In the previous blog  we discussed the principle of cable fault pre-location and noted the criticality of this technique towards reducing the time taken to identify location of the fault. We also deliberated upon the various cable fault pre-location techniques.  In this blog post, we will continue our ongoing discussion on cable fault location by …

Step-1 in underground cable fault finding: Pre-location Techniques

In the previous blog post, we discussed how electrical utilities are using underground cables to gain a higher degree of reliability. However, underground cable faults can lead to a long downtime, which can further lead to a major revenue loss for electricity utilities. We also discussed the various causes of cable faults and the different …

Introduction to Underground Cable Fault Location

Energy is a critical facet for human development. Studies evaluating the linkage of electricity and GDP growth estimate that 1% increase in per capital energy consumption results in an increase of per-capita GDP by 0.23%. Given this centrality, development of electricity infrastructure has been a key focus area for governments and policy makers. Power transmission …

Success story: Retrofit substation automation system (SAS) in 400/220 kV substation

In a previous blog, we introduced SCOPE’s Substation Automation System (SAS) capabilities and underscored the need for thinking beyond OEMs for complex SAS projects. We also discussed 3 crucial parameters to be kept in mind while executing SAS projects and highlighted how the SAS system integrators can effectively implement SAS projects in a manner which …