With the Government of India’s vision to provide universal access to affordable power, it becomes important to eliminate the challenges faced by the DISCOMs. To overcome the roadblocks of billing inefficiencies and unauthorised power consumption that contribute to DISCOMs’ financial woes, implementation of smart meters across the country will be pivotal.
EESL’s Smart Meter National Programme aims to retrofit 250 million conventional meters with smart variants. EESL has been awarded a contract for the procurement of 10 million smart meters and has floated another tender for 5 million. Till date over 1.2 million smart meters have been installed in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar and NDMC-Delhi.
Amid this lockdown, while most DISCOMs have not been able to physically collect electricity bills from consumers, leading to a dip in the cash flow, those with smart meters generated around 95% of billing efficiency.
The session facilitated deliberations amongst stakeholders & experts on the various opportunities & challenges of smart metering rollout including insights on investments, cybersecurity & innovations whilst highlighting the way forward for DISCOMs to become smarter.
O P Dixit, Director (Commercial) Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited Anil Rawal, CEO, Intellismart Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.
Bryan C. Spear, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Trilliant Networks
Francis D’ Souza, Vice President, Marketing and Strategy – IoT and Analytics, Thales Group
Vasundhar Boddapati, Head, India Operations | Exceleron Software
Moderator: Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL)