EESL to procure 50 lakh smart meters for smart grid projects

The government is now in the process of procuring smart meters in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), under the Ministry of Power, has floated a tender for procurement of 50 lakh smart meters in July, which will be used for implementation of smart grid projects in the states.

“Smart meters would help in reducing AT&C losses, power theft and also help in monitoring of round the clock power supply eventually leading to greater efficiency and 24X7 power for all,” the Ministry of Power said in an official statement.

According to the statement, pre-bid meeting was held by the EESL on August 22 for procurement of 50 lakh smart meters. The meeting, which was attended by about 100 companies, received response from manufacturers, system integrators and various other stakeholders, including World Bank and telecom operators etc.

EESL will be making the entire upfront investment as well as maintain the whole infrastructure for the next ten years.

Installation of these smart meters along with its associated communication and IT infrastructure will help obtain real time energy consumption data of each consumer for subsequent analysis. It will also 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, prepaid billing facility, remote connection and disconnection of load, accurate billing, etc.