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Stakeholders’ role in distribution loss reduction technology adoption in the Indian electricity sector: An actor-oriented approach

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  • Bhatt, Brijesh
  • Singh, Anoop

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Reduction of distribution losses is the key to sustainability of entire Indian power sector. Although sufficient emphasis has been placed on adoption of distribution loss reduction technologies (LRT) such as high voltage distribution system, it has not made significant inroads. Building on new institutional economics and sociological approaches, we propose actor analysis as a prerequisite for understanding barriers to technology adoption. The approach emphasizes understanding of action situations and power, interests and interdependencies of involved actors for LRT adoption. Using the method of stakeholder analysis, the study identifies key actors and their interdependencies in LRT adoption processes. The paper concludes that loss reduction and LRT adoption policies can be effectively implemented by engaging consumers through information sharing and, by showcasing advantages of LRT projects especially those leading to improvement in quality of electricity supply.

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  • Bhatt, Brijesh & Singh, Anoop, 2020. "Stakeholders’ role in distribution loss reduction technology adoption in the Indian electricity sector: An actor-oriented approach," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 137(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:137:y:2020:i:c:s0301421519306512
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.111064
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