India awards 5 million smart meter tender

In India, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has awarded India-headquartered multi-national conglomerate Larsen & Toubro with a tender for the supply of smart meters.

The engineering firm has been ordered to supply some 5 million smart meters for installation in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

The development follows Larsen & Toubro’s appearance as the lowest bidder for a tender issued by EESL.

According to a local publication, Larsen & Toubro will provide EESL with the smart meters at a price of $41.8 per unit. The deal has a total cost of $209 million.

The smart meters will be installed over a period of three years under plans to help consumers improve their energy efficiency by having access to real-time energy usage data.

Advanced metering infrastructure

Moreover, the advanced metering infrastructure will help utility companies in India to improve their demand response portfolios to be able to meet demand during peak periods.

The installation will help energy providers to secure their revenue collection and reduce operational costs through accurately billing consumers, eliminate human error, fraud associated with manual meter reading and through quick identification of meter tampering incidents.

Amongst the smart meters to be supplied by Larsen & Toubro, four million will be installed in phases in Uttar Pradesh and 1 million in Haryana to reduce aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) energy losses.

Haryana has AT&C rate of 28.42% whilst Uttar Pradesh stands at 34.36%.

The AMI will include GPRS technology to provide a two way communication between the smart meters and utility companies.

Following the selection of Larsen & Toubro for the supply of the smart meters, EESL is in the process of preparing a tender seeking a system integrator who will be responsible for the installation of the smart meters, data storage on the cloud and the preparation of dashboards. [Indian gov to subsidise smart meter costs for consumers].

EESL is covering all the costs associated with the procurement and installation of the AMI system. Utilities companies to be provided with smart meters will pack back for the AMI through savings which will result from the use the system.


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