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KEY TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

  • What have been the key trends in the power distribution segment over the past one year?
  • What has been the performance on key parameters (network growth, operational performance, financial performance, etc.)?
  • What are the key issues and challenges? What is the outlook for the segment?

GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE

  • What has been the progress under key government initiatives UDAY, IPDS and DDUGJY?
  • What has been the outcome so far? What have been some of the key challenges in their implementation?
  • What are the new initiatives proposed to be taken in the next couple of years?
DISCOM PERSPECTIVE
  • What is the perspective of discoms on the state of the distribution segment?
  • What new initiatives have been taken in the recent past?
  • What are their future plans? What are the key issues and challenges?

REGULATORY PERSPECTIVE

  • What is the perspective of regulators on the current state of the sector?
  • What are the steps being taken for tariff rationalisation, introduction of smart metering, loss reduction, etc.?
  • What is the outlook for the segment? What will be the key focus areas?

FOCUS ON SMART GRIDS

  • What has been the progress under the National Smart Grid Mission and pilot projects?
  • What are some of the key technologies and functionalities being adopted?
  • What would be the quantum of smart meters deployed in these projects?
  • What has been the project experience so far? What are the key challenges being faced in implementation?

DISCOM COSTS, FINANCES AND TARIFFS

  • What has been the performance of state disoms on cost coverage, tariff increases and profitability at an aggregate level?
  • What has been the impact of the UDAY scheme on their operational and financial performance so far?
  • What are the near- and long-term outlook and projections?

UPDATE ON DISTRIBUTION FRANCHISES

  • What has been the experience with the franchise models adopted by various states?
  • What are some of the upcoming opportunities in this segment?
  • What are the key issues in the uptake of distribution franchises? What is the outlook?

SMART METERING

  • What has been the trend in the uptake of AMR and AMI by Indian utilities?
  • What are the advantages of these solutions? What are the successful case studies?
  • What are some of the major barriers in the uptake of smart meters? What are the strategies needed to fast-track the roll-out of AMI?

CYBERSECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • What are the concerns arising from the integration of communication infrastructure?
  • Which functions/areas are at maximum risk from cyberattacks? What are the key cybersecurity concerns for discoms?
  • What are some of the solutions that can help discoms mitigate such risks?

PROMISE OF IT

  • How can discoms use cloud computing, big data analytics and other technologies?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • What has been the experience so far?

METERING, BILLING AND COLLECTION

  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • What are the best practices?
  • What are some of the innovations and noteworthy initiatives?
ASSET MANAGEMENT
  • What are the needs and requirements for asset management by utilities?
  • What are the technology solutions and tools available for asset management?
  • How are these technologies and tools helping to pre-empt equipment failures, condition monitoring, etc.?

FOCUS ON SCADA

  • What has been the progress in the deployment of SCADA by utilities so far?
  • What have been the key advantages of using SCADA?
  • What are the plans of utilities going forward?

LOAD MANAGEMENT

  • What are the emerging requirements for load management and forecasting?
  • What has been the experience and key learnings of discoms in load management?
  • What are the key challenges? What is the way forward?

IMPROVING CUSTOMER PROCESSES

  • What are the technology solution and tools available for improving processes in
  • customer management and billing?
  • How do these help in cutting costs and improving customer satisfaction?
  • What are the key challenges?

CABLES AND CONDUCTORS

  • What are the new and emerging utility needs and requirements?
  • What are some of the latest designs and technologies for cables and conductors?
  • What are the market opportunities going forward?

TRANSFORMERS AND SUBSTATIONS

  • What are the key trends in the transformer and substation market?
  • What are new technology developments with regard to transformers and substations?
  • What are the solutions being deployed to make such equipment smarter, flexible and environment-friendly?
 
       
 
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