Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited

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Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL)
Native name
उत्तर प्रदेश पावर कारपोरेशन लिमिटेड
Company typeUttar Pradesh State Government Undertaking
IndustryElectric Power
Founded1999; 25 years ago (1999)
HeadquartersLucknow, India
Area served
Uttar Pradesh
Key people
Shri Arvind Kumar Sharma,
Ashish Kumar Goel (Chairman),
Pankaj Kumar (Managing Director)
ServicesElectricity Transmission & Distribution
OwnerGovernment of Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) is the company responsible for electricity transmission and distribution within the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[1] The incumbent chairman is Dr. Ashish Kumar Goel.[2]


For efficient operation & management, UPPCL is further restructured into:

  • Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (DVVNL) - Agra Zone Discom
  • Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (MVVNL) - Lucknow, Ayodhya Zone Discom
  • Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) - Meerut Zone Discom
  • Purvanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PUVVNL) - Prayagraj, Varanasi Zone Discom
  • Kanpur Electricity Supply Company (KESCO) - Kanpur City Discom
  • Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) - Lucknow City Discom
  • Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL) - State Transmission Utility

Power procurement[edit]

UPPCL procures power from state government-owned power generators (Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam & Uttar Pradesh Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited), central government-owned power generators (NTPC Limited & THDC Ltd) and independent power producers - IPP (mostly private power companies) through power purchase agreement for lowest per unit cost of electricity.

Financial condition and line losses[edit]

The total loss of the UPPCL for the year ended on 31 March 2017 is estimated to be ₹ 8,825 crores.

The causes of such poor financial conditions include:

  • Higher line losses due to ageing over-stressed infrastructure
  • Pilferage of power at large scale
  • Inferior quality of transformers and other equipment
  • Widespread corruption
  • Inefficient use of IT-enabled infrastructure for administrative as well as technical purposes[3]

Discom-wise Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) Loss / Total line losses (in %) for the period 2010-11:

  • Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (DVVNL) - 46.80%
  • Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (MVVNL) - 39.10%
  • Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) - 31.60%
  • Purvanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PUVVNL) - 29.72%

Power plants SPVs[edit]

In line of Power Finance Corporation, UPPCL created Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs):

  • To attract private investment in the implementation of New Power Plant Projects in the state of Uttar Pradesh
  • To meet the growing power demand of Uttar Pradesh state
  • To procure power at the lowest possible feasible rates

The role of SPVs are -

  • Preparing feasibility report (including Technology, Size, Coal linkages, Land & Water issues),
  • Clearances (including environment clearances) & land acquisition, etc.

These SPVs are transferred to a developer private company through bidding for the lowest per unit cast of selling electricity to UPPCL.


- 4× 1680 MW - 4× 660 MW


  1. ^ "E-government for Improving Performance of Power Sector in India" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Headquarters / Welcome to Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited, Government of Uttar Pradesh, India". uppcl.org.
  3. ^ "Theft and Loss of Electricity in an Indian State1" (PDF).