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  • The role of metering in India has evolved significantly over the years. Besides helping utilities in energy accounting and revenue management, it plays a crucial role in the reduction of power losses, integration of renewable energy and load management

  • With its various programmes such as the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), the Integrated Power Development Scheme and the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, the government is focusing on achieving 100 per cent metering. At an all-India level, around 89 per cent of the consumers are metered and more than half of the public discoms have achieved over 90 per cent consumer metering. As per government directives, no new connections are to be released without meters.

  • In September last year, the government launched Saubhagya scheme with the aim of providing access to electricity to all households in the country. With about 34.5 million households yet to be electrified, this means significant market opportunities for metering manufacturers.

  • In the recent past, a lot of emphasis has been laid on the use of prepaid and smart meters. At the Conference of Power and New & Renewable Energy Ministers of States and UTs held on December 7, 2017, the government reiterated the need to adopt prepaid and smart meters to bring down the AT&C losses. The installation of prepaid meters has been made mandatory for various government departments. Most of the states have already initiated the installation of smart meters.

  • With increase in the deployment of smart meters, there will be huge volumes of data available with the utilities. To this end, the meter data management system (MDMS) has an important role to play. MDMS not only helps in data acquisition and storage, but also enables data analysis, thereby providing data to be used for various applications such as billing, network planning and load management.

  • Going forward, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is expected to be the key focus area of the utilities. It is estimated that around 50 million consumers will be covered under AMI by 2020. To facilitate the implementation of AMI in India, the CEA has formulated guidelines on the functional requirements of AMI as well as advised the states about the roll-out strategy. AMI is also being demonstrated as a key component of the smart grid pilot projects funded by the Ministry of Power.

  • Another big opportunity in the metering segment is for net meters. Net metering assumes a critical role in light of the 40 GW solar rooftop capacity target to be achieved by 2022.

  • Despite the numerous initiatives that are under way, the progress in metering has not been up to the mark. As of February 27, 2018, only about 1.4per cent of the targeted smart meters have been installed for consumers under the UDAY scheme. The major reasons for the slow progress have been high investment costs, and the lack of expertise and experience of the discoms.

  • Further, a number of issues including interoperability, standardisation and quality of meters, meter tampering and power theft continue to afflict the segment.However, various technological innovations, including the development of high security seals and sensors, have taken place to address these issues.

  • Going ahead, improvement in the financial position of discoms with the implementation of UDAY is expected to promote investment in metering. Meanwhile, the implementation of advanced metering technologies as part of the various ongoing pilot projects, and the development of innovative business models are likely to provide the necessary push for a faster adoption

  • The mission of this conference is to provide a platform for key stakeholders to discuss the metering requirements, challenges and opportunities in India. The conference will also highlight various aspects of metering including new and emerging technologies, design and testing, data acquisition and management, and smart applications. The conference will also showcase the best practices in the metering space..
 
     
 
       
 
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