Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL) is rolling out 2.5 Lakh smart meters in the first phase of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project in its licensed area of 510 sq km in North and North-West Delhi.
The project will help Tata Power-DDL to provide greater service options and accurate information to its customers on their energy consumption patterns, helping them to manage their electricity usage more efficiently and improve overall reliability by reducing outage time. The project will also help in enhanced monitoring and control points throughout Tata Power-DDL’s network on real time basis and will aid in reduction of commercial losses.
As per smart metering plan, in the first phase Tata Power Delhi Distribution will purchase 2 lakh single phase meters and 50,000 three phase meters. The implementation of the communication system and smart meter roll out will begin from March 2018 and will get completed by March 2019.
In the second phase starting from April 2019, the company will procure 5 lakh single phase meters and 50,000 three phase meters. The total replacement and completion of 18 lakh smart meters will be completed by 2025.
The smart meter looks like a normal meter but enables two-way communication between the meter and the central system over the free band RF frequency. Smart meters give consumers greater control over the use of electricity by providing detailed information about their usage and consumption patterns helping them in planning their expenses better. The meters will also provide more accurate reading of their electricity consumption.
The meters will also help in faster outage detection and restoration of service by accurately sending information of the outage to the utility thereby decreasing restoration time in case of outages. Smart meters will also help in paving the way for a smart grid, which will act as a backbone towards the Smart City mission.
The first phase of the project is being implemented in partnership with the global energy management pioneer Landis+Gyr.
Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power-DDL said, “We are dedicated to bring the state-of-the-art Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology and solutions to our customers in North Delhi. Our work with Landis+Gyr on India’s large scale Smart Meter and RF canopy deployment for our entire operation area of 510 sq kms is a significant step in our effort to bring smart grid technology in India.”
“We look forward to supplying this important first tranche of smart meters for them, providing as it will the smart energy data necessary to further deepen the relationship Tata Power-DDL has with its customers,” said Ellie Doyle, Executive Vice President – APAC, Landis+Gyr.