Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), operating under the Ministry of Power, Government of India has floated a mega tender for procurement of 50 lakh smart meters to help reduce AT&C losses, power theft and monitor round the clock power supply. 50 Lakh Smart Meters for UP and Haryana Smart Grids. The smart meters are being procured for implementation of smart grid projects in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. These states will not only significantly reduce their AT&C losses by way of increased billing efficiency, but also by completely changing the way in which electrical energy is presently being consumed and paid for by ordinary consumers. The new meters will lead to greater efficiency and 24X7 power for all.
50 Lakh Smart Meters for UP and Haryana Smart Grids. With the installation of smart meters along with its associated communication and IT infrastructure will enable DISCOMs to obtain real time energy consumption data of each consumer for subsequent analysis. This will pave the way for initiating various smart measures by DISCOMs like ‘Time Of Day’ (TOD) / ‘Time Of Use’ (TOU) billing, prediction and management of peak demand, availability of real time energy consumption data to consumer, prepaid billing facility, remote connection and disconnection of load, accurate billing etc. These meters will also remove the need for the meter reader’s visit to each and every consumer.
In order to make the entire project feasible and affordable, EESL has unbundled the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project into two parts viz. procurement of smart meter and arranging the system integrator. As second part of the AMI project, EESL is planning to issue the tender for selection of system integrator early next month.
The upfront investment and maintenance of entire infrastructure for next ten years will be taken up EESL. It aims to recover the investment from savings accruing to the DISCOMs in following years. Approximately 100 smart meter manufacturers, system integrators and other concerned parties participated in a pre-bid meeting held by EESL on 22nd August, 2017, which impressed and excited the representatives from World Bank and Telecom Companies.