In India, the Goa Electricity Department announced it will install some 80,000 smart prepaid meters for its customers in Panaji, Taliegao, Corlim and Bambolim.The decision follows the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission’s disapproval of a claim filed by Goa Electricity Department to postpone the rollout of prepaid electric meters.
Following an order previously issued by JERC for the state utility to implement a pilot on prepaid electric meters to improve its energy billing and revenue collection, Goa Electricity Department filed a proposal with the regulator informing of its unavailability of funds to install the meters.
However, according to the India Times, a response from JERC, says: "The pre-paid meters, though costlier as compared to conventional meters, will be cost effective in the long run. Further government of India is already focusing on installing smart meters."
JERC argues that the new metering system will help the utility department to recover arrears owed by its customers. A study conducted by the energy regulator had found government facilities as the utility’s largest defaulters.
In addition, a pre-paid metering system would also help the energy distribution company reduce its operational expenses associated with manual meter readings. The project is expected to help reduce human error incurred in manual meter reading as well as help the utility improve its grid management by understandings the daily energy usage patterns for its customers.
The prepaid meters will also help reduce human error incurred in manual meter reading as well as help the utility improve its grid management through insight into daily customer energy use patterns.
Goa Electricity Department is responsible for energy distribution to some 580,000 metering points in the Indian state of Goa. The utility does not own energy generation infrastructure but rather purchases its electricity from the National Thermal Power Corporation.
Smart grid deployment
Meanwhile, the Chandigarh state electricity department secured an approval from JERC to implement its smart grid pilot.
The decision by the Department of Energy to implement the smart grid pilot project follows the selection of Chandigarh city to participate in the Smart Cities Mission programme. Read more...