Union Government launched TARANG, e-Trans & DEEP to enhance transparency in power sector

They were developed by Rural Electrification Corporation Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL), a subsidiary of Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd., under the Digital India initiative.

Aug 19, 2016 12:52 IST
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tarang appUnion Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal on 17 August 2016 launched TARANG Mobile App, e-Trans and DEEP e-bidding web portals in New Delhi.

They were developed by Rural Electrification Corporation Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL), a subsidiary of REC Ltd.

The initiatives were launched keeping in line with the Digital India initiative. The primarily seek to enhance transparency in power sector.

Features of TARANG

• It stands for Transmission App for Real Time Monitoring and Growth.

• The mobile application as well as the web portal will act as powerful monitoring tool to track upcoming transmission projects.

• It will also be utilized to monitor the progress of inter-state and intra-state transmission systems in the country.

• It helps the stakeholders - Ministry of Power, State Governments, all private sector transmission developers and PSUs like Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for expeditious completion of such projects.

• Green Energy Corridors, an important component of renewable energy mission, would also be monitored through TARANG and help to meet ambitious targets in same on time.

• It shall enhance ease, accountability and transparency and would boost confidence of investors in power transmission sector.

• Better price discovery shall ultimately benefit the power consumers in India.

• It was developed through Regulated tariff mechanism as well as Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) route.

Features of e-Trans

• It is a web platform for e-bidding and e-reverse auction for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) in transmission projects.

• Till date, transmission sector providers have been participating in transmission bids through manual mode.

• With e-Trans, the interface will be electronic.

• On the lines of coal sector, reverse auction is being introduced in transmission sector to facilitate better price discovery in transmission projects.

Features of DEEP

• DEEP stands for Discovery of Efficient Electricity Price.

• It is an e-Bidding portal for medium term (1-5 years) purchase of power.

• It will provide a common e-bidding platform with e-reverse auction facility to facilitate nation-wide power procurement through a wider network.

• It facilitates realization of uniform and transparent process of power procurement.

• With this, the cost of procurement of power is expected to be reduced substantially, thereby significantly benefiting the ultimate consumers.

• The Portal is based on the Guidelines for Medium Term procurement of Power which was notified by Union Government in 2014 and further amended on May 2015.

• The scope of this portal shall be further expanded to cover long term procurement of power.

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