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Electricity - A challenge

Energy is one of the most fundamental parts of our universe. Energy causes things to happen around us. By definition, Energy is the “ability to do work”. It can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be transformed from one form to another. Energy can be found in a number of different forms such as chemical, thermal, mechanical, radiant, nuclear and electricity. Everything we do is connected to energy in one form or another.

Electricity has become an essential part of our lives. It lights up our homes, cooks our food, powers our computers, television sets, and other electronic devices.

The global demand for electricity is on an increasing trend and is expected to increase even more in near future. This increasing demand of electricity is putting tremendous pressure on supply side which is dominated by coal. Currently, much of our electricity comes from burning coal in power plants, releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases contributing to global climate change. With increasing demand and no way to store electricity, the challenge is to produce and supply enough electricity to meet this demand.

Overcoming the challenge

The solution lies in constructing a plan to meet our current as well as future electricity needs at a reliable, cost-competitive yet environment friendly way. Here’s how we can do that:

  • Judicious Use: Employ energy conservation tips while using your electrical appliances anytime, anywhere.
  • Energy conservation: It is estimated that we can save 10-15% energy easily through smart conservation. In the long run, this can result in huge savings.
  • Green Energy Sources: Increasing the share of Non-conventional energy sources such as wind power, solar power, hydro power etc. are environment friendly power sources.
  • Efficient Transmission & Distribution systems: Electricity generated in plants is transmitted to areas where it is consumed through the Transmission and Distribution network. During this movement of electricity, some energy is lost due to resistance in wires and equipments. Adopting better technology, better system design, adequate investment in system, installing electronic meters, actions to curb power thefts etc will make the Transmission & Distribution system more efficient thereby reducing the losses in transit.
  • Smart Grid: Smart Grid technologies can transform an electric power delivery system into an intelligent, durable, dependable, self-balancing, and interactive network.

The Reliance Initiative

Reliance Energy has been consistently striving to conserve and use electricity efficiently. Reliance Energy sources 9% of its requirement through Renewable Energy. Reliance Energy’s distribution network is one of the most reliable and efficient in the country with approx 9.5% losses. Reliance Energy has prepared a roadmap to adopt smart grid technologies in near future.

How to use it best

Residential Tips

It is our duty to conserve today for tomorrow’s use. And it begins at home.

By saving electricity, we not only cut down our own electricity bills, but also help save the world’s energy resources.

Here’s how you can use your electrical appliances more efficiently. Click here to download

Green Building Tips

When creating new structures – residential or commercial, make it a Green Building, using environmentally friendly and resource efficient methods for construction, functioning and maintenance.

Here’s how you can make your building a Green Building. Click here to download

Commercial Tips

The use of electricity accounts for about 40 % of the total cost of a business.

For a business it becomes essential to be aware of tips that help to minimise the expenditure on electricity.

Here’s how you can save on your electricity bills. Click here to download

Power Outages

Electricity is an indispensable part of modern day life. Even a temporary stoppage of power can lead to chaos and monetary setbacks. It is generally known as Power failure, Power cut or Black out. Power Outages are of mainly two types:

1. Breakdown

2. Planned

Breakdown Outages:
  • Natural Causes: Weather phenomena such as lightning, rain, wind, and even dust, cause power failure. Water, including dampness and excess moisture, can lead to serious power outages. Wind and dust destroy the power infrastructure, leading to power outages.
  • Short Circuits: It is one of the most common causes of power outage. A short circuit occurs when insulation of wiring breaks down or when water seeps into the electric circuit.
  • Brownouts: A drop in the electrical power supply, causing the lights to become dim. Though brownouts are not total power failures, they can still affect electrical equipment.
  • Blackouts: Total loss of power. Strong wind storms, hurricanes, and other weather disasters generally lead to blackouts.
What we do when a power outage occurs:
  • The Operation Team at the Control Centre receives an alarm.
  • With the aid of latest technologies like SCADA, DMS, and EMS, our team detects the fault and rectifies it in the minimum time possible.
  • We restore the supply by connecting their power supply to an alternate source.
Planned Outages:

Planned outages are conducted to serve you better.

To ensure uninterrupted power supply, we check the health of all our equipment at periodic intervals. For this we schedule planned outages, about which consumers are intimated in advance.

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During power outages here’s what you should do:
  • Make use of flashlights. If using candles, do not leave them burning.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator so that the food stays cold.
  • Limit your travel.
  • Remain with your friends and family during the outage.