The agenda for the year 2020 is well laid out -- launch of UDAY 2.0, installation of smart pre-paid metres, prompt payment by discoms, making coal available for short term and reviving gas based plants.
The minister said in the Lok Sabha that states meet their demand from their own generating sources and share from central generating stations.
Singh was replying to a question on whether a large number of assets of national power grid could be vulnerable to cyber attacks and what steps the government has taken to increase security across power grid in the country.
As per the figures provided by the minister, 1,06,200 MU electricity was generated in August 2019, which was 0.39 per cent higher than 1,05,793 MU generated in August 2018.
"As a result of UDAY, some improvement has happened. The losses in AT&C have come down from 22 per cent to about 18 per cent. So there has been some progress, though the progress could have been better," Singh said.
Making coal available for short-term to stressed power plants was one of the recommendations of the high-level committee headed by then Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha. The panel had submitted its report in November last year.
The government's target is to installing 1,00,000 MW grid-connected solar power capacity by December 2022, Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy R K Singh said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
'A total capacity of 56.34 MW has been set up for power generation from waste garbage/material during last three years and current year in the country,' Singh said.
"We have decided that by 2022 we will establish 175 GW of renewable energy capacity. We are close to achieving the target," Singh said at BRICS Energy Ministers meet in Brasilia, Brazil on Monday.
The Centre in November 2015 had launched the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) to bring about operational and financial turnaround of debt-laden power distribution companies.
The suggestions were put forward by representatives of power industry in a day-long brainstorming session chaired by Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh to seek stakeholders' views for preparation of five-year vision document for energy sector in the national capital.
The power ministry has made it mandatory for discoms to open and maintain adequate letter of credit (LC) as payment security mechanism under power purchase agreements (PPAs) for buying electricity from generating firms from August 1, 2019.
"The central government has made tremendous progress in production of energy in the last five years. Presently, extra one lakh MW power is being produced. It is more than our requirement, hence we are also exporting energy to our neighbouring countries," he said.
"The proposal for tariff policy ready and will soon go for Cabinet approval. The policy provides for penalty for unscheduled power cuts except in the case of technical faults or act of God (natural calamities)," Singh said during an interaction with media persons here.
Singh, the Union power minister, said household and village electrification would be a matter of public discourse in the upcoming polls because the government has met the tall order.
The project, being executed by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam(SJVN), is estimated to cost over Rs 10,000 crore, the power ministry said in a statement.
These companies are required to operationalise all the mines they have and there is a need to get more mines. Currently, coal is an issue. There are so many plant which are idle because they do not have coal.
"There are some issues in that scheme (Pariwartan) which needs to be discussed," Power Secretary A K Bhalla said here.
On RBI's role in resolution process, the Union power minister said, "RBI has been called to attend this meeting on August 31."
The minister also cited increase in per capita consumption with rising prosperity as one of reasons for rising power demand and coal shortage.
The BJP's expectations from the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir could not be fulfilled given the prevailing situation in the state, R K Singh said.
"Most state Discoms have failed to comply with existing RPO targets and do not seem to be serious about making the shift to clean energy.
At a press conference on the completion of 4 years of the BJP government, he said: "We added 24,000 MW power generation capacity per year compared to 4,800 MW of earlier governments."
Under the Saubhagya Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, free electricity connections to all households (both APL and poor families) in rural areas and poor families in urban areas will be provided.
If the NDA government does meet its deadline of taking electricity to all houses by around the time of the next Lok Sabha polls, it could give the BJP a poll plank.