French multinational energy company EDF has completed pilot projects preceding the full rollout of 5 million smart meters in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.
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Marianne Laigneau, Group Senior Executive Vice-President In-Charge of International Division, said, “EDF has been awarded the biggest ever contract in India by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), where it has to design, install and integrate a network of 5 million smart metres across India staring with Andhra Padesh and Bihar. With this project, EDF is now active in India in all the areas that are key for reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions through low carbon electricity generation of nuclear and renewable, smart grids and intelligent public lighting.”
The energy giant has already installed over 20 million smart meters in its native France, with a projected roll-out of 35 million meters. According to Tham, the scope in India is even larger, up to 300 million units.
“India is a key country for EDF. We want to be part of the Indian Energy Transition Programme… we are providing a global service right from design of data support, we control and manage systems of the process. Since we are installing these meters in two Indian States, it is challenging. The smart meter integration is good news for Discoms as they can cut down on commercial losses,” she explained.