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About South Asia Distribution Utility Network (DUN)

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.

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.

Enhance Focus on Distribution Issues at the Regional Level

Enable Knowledge Sharing Among DISCOMs in South Asia

Enable Utility to Utility (U2U) Connect

Reap the Benefits of Aggregation

Steering Committee
Task Force 1
Task Force 2
Task Force 3
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.

Expected Outcomes

Foster culture of knowledge exchange among the South Asia DISCOMs

Accelerate the pace of reforms and adoption of advanced technologies and practices

Dissemination of knowledge products and tools for South Asia DISCOMs

Leverage the global case studies/best practices for South Asia DISCOMs

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

Task Force 5

Steering Committee

Activity Calendar

Distribution Task Force Meet (Frequency- June and November)
  • 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.
Training Programs (Frequency- Ongoing)
  • Capacity building programs in partnership with regional centres of excellence (e.g., SGKC) and other global institutions (e.g. EPRI, NREL).
Workshops and Leadership Interactions (Frequency- Ongoing)
  • Case study program on utility performance experiences
  • Interaction with utility leadership to learn about utility transformation journey
Technical Products (Frequency- Ongoing)

Dissemination of the following:

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

Online Knowledge Sharing Sessions (Frequency- Ongoing)
  • 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

Study Tours and Site Visits (Frequency- To be decided)
  • In person visits to utilities (within the region or other geographies)
  • Interaction with the utility staff at visit location for learning from their experiences