Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). Under its Smart Meters National Programme (SMNP), Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) aims to replace 25 crore conventional meters with smart meters in India. The scheme would help in reducing AT&C losses, and will also help in monitoring round-the-clock power supply, which will eventually lead to greater efficiency and offer a pathway to meeting the government’s vision of ‘24x7 Power for All’.
In this first phase, EESL will replace 75,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters, which will enhance consumer convenience and rationalize electricity consumption in the capital. EESL will fund, build, operate and manage the smart metering (AMI) solution implementation in the project area. EESL will select a system integrator to implement the AMI solution within six months, integrating it with NDMC IT legacy applications.
NDMC will benefit from enhanced consumer satisfaction level resulting from better complaint management, faster restoration of outages, and awareness of optimized consumption pattern, and improvement in system stability, reliability and transparency.
These smart meters will enable consumers to monitor their consumption pattern and the corresponding cost, leading them to adapt their energy use and reduce power wastage, providing long-term carbon and financial savings. The meters will also provide accurate and real-time information about energy use, enabling them to make informed decisions about their energy behavior.
NMDC’s large-scale adoption of smart meters is a significant measure towards future-ready technologies. Smart meters pave the way for the smart grid as they enable two-way real-time communication between discoms and consumers through GPRS technology. Smart meter data can ensure faster outage detection and swift restoration of service.
EESL is procuring smart meters, as well as services of the system integrator with 100 per cent investment, enabling utilities to benefit from smart meters with zero upfront financial investment. Their repayment to EESL will be through the monetization of energy savings, resulting from enhanced billing accuracy, avoided meter reading costs and other efficiencies. This includes the immediate elimination of the cost of meter readings. These savings further enable NDMC to invest in value-added services for its consumers.
EESL had started its first AMI project and shall deploy five million smart meters in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The first on-ground project has already started in Varanasi.