India : Smart way to save power

17 sub-divisions set to get smart meters

How about cutting supply to few lights and gadgets in individual houses rather than power shut down in a locality to make up for shortage?

This prospect is not far away as consumers in 17 sub-divisions of the State, including seven in Bengaluru, are set to get smart meters which provide this flexible option.

In Bengaluru, the power utility is planning to replace five lakh conventional energy meters with smart meters in a phased manner under the model sub-division scheme where emphasis is on improving quality and reliability of power supply, according to Bescom Managing Director P. Rajendra Cholan.

Explaining the features of smart meters at a press conference on Tuesday, he said that it would provide for the power utility to cut supply to a few lights/gadgets in individual houses so that load shedding could be avoided or reduced.

While each smart meter would cost ₹5,000 to ₹6,000, the power utilities have approached the State power regulator to know if part of the cost should be shared by consumers too.

Smart pre-paid meters

Meanwhile, it will now become mandatory for all temporary connections in Bengaluru to install smart pre-paid meters for precise recording of power consumption, Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar has announced.

He also said that 3,919 transformers of the total 4,385 located on pavements in Bengaluru city would be re-modelled so that they would occupy just about six-inch space.

Meanwhile, Bescom is developing a mobile app to help its consumers pay bills besides, facilitating complaint registration and providing information about outages as well as consumption, an official release said.


Source :

Smart Grid Bulletin July 2019

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