Government departments in India switch to prepayment


New Delhi, India — (METERING.COM) — June 13, 2007 – In a bid to improve collection of revenue, the government of Delhi has announced that government departments with an electric load of less than 45 MW must use prepayment meters. The ruling takes effect from 1 July 2007.
The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has stated that non-payment or delayed payment of electricity bills directly impacts on distribution businesses, and also has tariff implications for consumers. Distribution companies are not, however, allowed to disconnect government departments, so the new meters will be installed in an effort to ensure that energy consumed is paid for up front.

The prepayment or pay-as-you-go meters will also be used to monitor consumption and encourage energy savings.

Departments with a load higher than 45 MW are likely to move to an automated meter reading system, with other arrangements being made to ensure that bills are paid timeously.