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Firm push for smart meters

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between power distribution companies - North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited and South Bihar power Distribution Company Limited - and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector unit under the ministry of power, on Sunday to install smart prepaid meters in 130 towns and adjacent rural areas covering approximately 18 lakh customers in the state.

By Sanjeev Kumar Verma in Patna
  • Published 5.08.18
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R. Lakshmanan (left) and EESL’s Saurabh Kumar exchange the MoUs. Telegraph picture

Patna: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between power distribution companies - North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited and South Bihar power Distribution Company Limited - and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector unit under the ministry of power, on Sunday to install smart prepaid meters in 130 towns and adjacent rural areas covering approximately 18 lakh customers in the state.

The MoUs were signed in the presence of Union minister of state (independent charge) for power and new & renewable energy R.K. Singh, EESL managing director Saurabh Kumar and SBPDCL managing director R. Lakshmanan.

Speaking on the benefits of the smart prepaid meters at the function organised at Ara to mark the occasion, the Union minister said: "The replacement of basic electricity meters with smart meters is a significant step towards enabling power sector reforms in Bihar where enhancing consumer convenience, satisfaction and rationalisation of electricity consumption are the primary objectives. Smart meters will reduce aggregate transmission and commercial (AT&C) losses, improve the financial health of power distribution companies (DISCOMs), incentivise energy conservation, enhance ease of bill payments and ensure billing accuracy by getting rid of manual errors in meter reading."

He said the installation of smart meters will help in controlling power theft, ensure faster outage detection and swift restoration of service. In addition, consumers will be able to track their usage and pay their bills easily through mobile phone. It would enhance consumer satisfaction through better complaint management, system stability, reliability and transparency.

Smart meters are part of the advanced metering infrastructure solution that measures and records electricity use at different times of the day and sends this information to the energy supplier through GPRS technology. This gives consumers better access to information and allows them to make more informed decisions on the use of electricity in their homes, leading to reduced power wastage, and long-term carbon and financial savings.