Smart grids have long since been one of the biggest future advancements city planners have looked forward to. The ability to harness big data coming from a multitude of sensors in the electric grid proves to be very useful for managing resources. This is useful especially in the utility sector, where resources such as electricity cannot be stored dependably, but cannot be under-produced as well, resources must be managed very well.
Pilots have begun to take place across the Indian subcontinent, aimed squarely at removing issues faced by the population regarding electricity. The eventual rollout of smart grids will also reduce the price of electricity for the population due to better management. This, in turn, will make it more accessible to less financially privileged and raise the standard of living.
One of the pilots that took place was in Mysore, under the purview of the Chamundeswari Electricity Supply Corporation. This state-owned company manages electricity distribution to five districts in Karnataka, with Mysore being one of them. The project was undertaken with the goal of integrating new technology with legacy applications.
The pilot was conducted with the help of a company known as Enzen providing the technicals for the smart grid. They managed to deploy an end-to-end solution for the grid, which covered about 10 per cent of the city during the pilot. This comprised of 14 feeders on the grid, with power coming from five substations.
The operation resulted in better overall planning by CESC, which has reduced their peak load consumption. This was done through automated meter reading and billing, along with improved load forecasting and remote connection and disconnection of meters. Transformers’ failure rate has also been decreased by 4 per cent due to proactive maintenance.