India deploys 200,000 smart meters; 15 lakh to be deployed in 2019

The country has deployed 200,000 smart meters in 11 cities and it is expected another 15 lakh will be deployed by end-2019
India has deployed around 200,000 smart meters in different parts of the country of which 50,000 is being installed in NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) area. Smart meters have been deployed as pilot in cities like Mysore, Agartala, Sirmour, Siliguri, Mumbai, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Puducherry and Sabarmati and the technology used in smart meters is RF Mesh, GPRS, PLC and 6 LoWPAN.
EESL aims to replace 25 crore conventional meters with smart meters in India through Smart Meters National Programme (SMNP) as this would help in reducing AT&C losses. EESL has finalised tender for 20 Lakh smart meters for Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar whereas tenders for 5 million smart meters is still pending with EESL.
NDMC has installed 50,000 smart meters in New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to replace 75,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters on 13th April, 2018. As per the MoU, EESL will fund, build, operate and manage the Smart Metering (AMI) Solution implementation in the project area.
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.
Smart Meters Installation In India 
No. – City – Technology – Smart Meters Installed 

1. Mysore – RF Mesh – 23,000

2. New Delhi – GPRS – 50,000
3. Agartala – PLC – 31,044
4. Sirmour – GPRS – 1,200
5. Siliguri – RF Mesh – 5,112
6. Mumbai – RF Mesh – 15,000
7. Guwahati – PLC – 13,895
8. Chandigarh – PLC – 2,734* 
9. Hyderabad – PLC – 5,000
10. Puducherry – NA –  25,535
11. Sabarmati – 6 LoWPAN – 22,706
NA stands for Not Available
* to be installed 
PLC stands for Power Line Communications 
On July 11th, 2018 EESL signed two MoUs with UHBVN (Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam) and DHBVN (Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam) to install 10 Lakh Smart Meters in Haryana. The MoUs entail supply and installation of Smart Meters in Gurugram, Faridabad, Hisar, Karnal, Panipat and Panchkula within 3 years in a phased manner.
EESL is procuring smart meters, as well as services of the system integrator with 100 percent 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.
On August 5, 2018, EESL signed two MoUs with North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL) and South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) to deploy smart meters in 130 towns and adjacent rural areas covering approximately 18 lakh customers in the state using GPRS technology. The MoUs entail supply and installation of smart meters within 1.5 years in a phased manner from the date of signing the agreement.
With electricity demand expected to rise by 79 percent in the next 10 years, India is on a path of transforming its energy mix with innovation. Along with enhancing energy production, the nation also needs to cut Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses to below 12% by 2022 and below 10% by 2027. The Smart Meters programme is a step towards delivering digital literacy and services under the Digital India programme and will play an important role in empowering citizens by bringing in transparency and accountability in electricity consumption and billing.

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