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The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has recently released guideli­nes on medium- and long-term demand forecasting, aiming to address the non-uniformity in forecasting app­roa­ches used by various states and utilities. While these guidelines offer clarity on major aspects, some issues need to be resolved for effective implementation.

These guidelines are a welcome move that will aid in streamlining the demand forecasting process. Concerted efforts from both state- and national-level players will help align the requirements and develop a holistic methodology.

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CEA guidelines to unify demand forecasting across states