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102-yr-old India Power focus on renewable energy

Distribution major beats pandemic blues

India Power's customer base expanded by 52%, says director Somesh Dasgupta

MUMBAI, June 12 (The CONNECT) -India Power Corporation plans to focus on renewable energy and increase the share to 35% within two years from the current 12%.

Somesh Dasgupta, Whole-time Director of India Power, said the Company targets a 40% increase in its business in the current financial year by adding industrial consumers across voltage levels from large industries to SMEs and exponentially increase its domestic consumer base by expanding and strengthening network across license area.

The Company has reported a profit after tax of Rs 26.66 crore in the financial year 2020-21 as compared to Rs 16.69 crore a year earlier, registering a growth of 60%.

"FY21 has been both challenging and exciting for India Power,” said Dasgupta. India Power was able to overcome the setback of coronavirus pandemic by adding large number of consumers across voltage levels, which resulted in accelerated sales growth from second quarter onwards. “Our ability to procure power at competitive prices led to cost savings and further improved our earnings,” he said.

Accelerated sales growth, procuring power at competitive prices and upgradation of conventional infrastructure to smart utility infrastructure (SCADA, IOT, smart meters, etc.) aided the company's earnings in an otherwise challenging year marked by the global coronavirus pandemic.

India Power's customer base expanded by 52%. The company's sales increased by 2 million units in FY21 despite the impact of pandemic and lockdown during the first two quarters of the financial year. Total income for the year was at Rs 518.37 crore.

Load increased by 10% in FY21 from a year ago, while India Power maintained the AT&C losses at 3%, one of the lowest in the industry, despite adding new domestic connections.

Formerly known as DPSC Limited, incorporated in 1919, India Power Corporation Limited is a holistic, integrated power utility headquartered in Kolkata. The company holds a distribution license spread across 618 square kilometres in Asansol-Ranigunj region of West Bengal and contributes immensely to the growth and prosperity of its industrial, commercial and domestic consumers. With strong expertise in distribution management and engineering, the company has developed a diversified, pan-India portfolio, which includes power distribution, smart metering, digital transformation, renewable and conventional modes of power generation.

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