Franchisee scheme helps to reduce revenue losses


India Flag 2Silchar, India — (METERING.COM) — November 2, 2006 – Earlier this year India’s Assam State Electricity Board introduced a franchisee scheme in an effort to halt revenue losses caused by power theft – and monthly revenue in some areas has increased by up to 50 per cent.
The scheme appointed agents who were placed in charge of transmitters and authorized to collect amounts owed for electricity by both commercial and residential consumers in their areas of jurisdiction. Success was particularly evident in the rural areas, where monthly receipts have shown dramatic increases.
There are about 900 transformers in the south Assam districts, each fitted with a master meter to calculate the consumption of power in a particular area. The utility intends to continue with and probably expand this program, given that it had been experiencing losses of up to 40 per cent caused by illegal connections before the agents were introduced.