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About South Asia Distribution Utility Network (DUN):

DUN has been formed to facilitate knowledge exchange among power distribution utilities in South Asia and provide opportunities to accelerate and support the envisaged transition towards improved utilities of the future.
The South Asia Distribution Utilities Network (DUN) was launched at the Ministry of Power, Government of India, on Monday, February 20 in the gracious presence of Sh. RK Singh, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister (Power, New & Renewable Energy), Government of India. He was joined by senior officials from the Ministry of Power, India and other officials from power sector departments of South Asian counties, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Steering Committee
Task Force 1
Task Force 2
Task Force 3
Secretariat – PFC
USAID’s SAREP
(Technical Assistance Partner)
Steering Committee:
PFC and senior representatives from Ministries and DISCOMs from South Asia, USAID, and the Industry
Task Force: Demand driven subject matter requirements
Secretariat: Convenor logistics and infrastructure support

STRUCTURE

South Asia Distribution Utility Network shall function through a well-established structure comprising of Steering Committee, Secretariat, and Task Forces. The Leading Non-Banking Financial Corporation (NBFC) from India, namely, Power Finance Corporation Ltd. (PFC) is the Secretariat of DUN.

Task Forces

Transmission Tower

Task Force 1

Smart Metering, Data Analytics, and Consumer Engagement

Electric vehicle

Task Force 2

Grid Modernization

Task Force 3

Clean Energy Transition

Task Force 4

AI/ML and Cybersecurity

Solar

Task Force 5

Planning, Policy, and Regulation

Steering Committee

Chairperson


Name: Mr. Alok Kumar
Designation: Secretary, Ministry of Power, India

Convener


Name: Smt. Parminder Chopra
Designation: CMD, PFC, India

Co-convener


Name: Piyush Singh
Designation: Joint Secretary (Distribution), Ministry of Power, India

Bangladesh


Name: Md. Habibur Rahman
Designation: Secretary, Ministry of Power or nominated members

Bhutan


Name: Dasho Karma Tshering
Designation: Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources or nominated members

Bangladesh


Name: Mr. Ajwad Mustafa
Designation: Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Technology or nominated members

Nepal


Name: Dinesh Kumar Ghimire
Designation: Secretary (Energy), Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation or nominated members

Sri Lanka


Name: Mapa Pathirana
Designation: Secretary Ministry of Power, Sri Lanka or nominated members

Madhya Pradesh


Name: Sanjay Dubey
Designation: Principal Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh

Gujarat


Name: Mamta Verma
Designation: Principal Secretary, Government of Gujarat

Karnataka


Name: XXXXXXXX
Designation: TBD

Activity Calendar

Theme

Description

Frequency

1 Distribution Task Force meet

  • First Meeting of the Task Force to focus on the following:
    • Discuss and develop implementation plans (for strategic guidance received from the Steering committee)
    • Coordinate network activities and initiatives
    • Review activity progress, address issues and report to the Steering committee and all members
  • Second Meeting of the Task Force will be part of annual signature conference namely South Asia Distribution Utilities Meet. The conference will have participation from other South Asian utilities (beyond the task force group) to ensure broader engagement.

June and November
2 Training Programs

  • Capacity building programs in partnership with regional centres of excellence (e.g., SGKC) and other global institutions (e.g. EPRI, NREL).

Ongoing
3 Workshops and Leadership Interactions

  • Case study program on utility performance experiences
  • Interaction with utility leadership to learn about utility transformation journey

Ongoing
4 Technical products

Dissemination of the following:

  • Policy and regulatory papers and technical research papers
  • Model document templates
  • Analytical tools, approaches, frameworks & methodologies
  • Benchmarking/Rating of utilities

Ongoing
5 Online knowledge sharing sessions

  • Webinars on technical and operational subjects by reputed regional and global organizations

Duration: Maximum one-hour (half an hour for presentation and half an hour for questions & discussion)

Frequency: Initially, each task force to conduct one such session each quarter

Ongoing
6 Study Tours and Site Visits

  • In person visits to utilities (within the region or other geographies)
  • Interaction with the utility staff at visit location for learning from their experiences

To be decided