India – Puducherry smart grid pilot to be expanded to 87,000 meters


After a successful first phase the Puducherry smart grid pilot is set to be expanded from 1,400 smart meters up to 87,000 smart meters.

A report published by the India Semiconductor Forum says that after close to a year of trials the smart meter technology has been demonstrated to work.

Testing has covered outage management, monitoring of distribution transformers, demand response, net metering, and the possibility of introducing dynamic pricing.

Riding on the 1,400-odd net meters installed, the government of Puducherry is now testing out a grid-interactive rooftop scheme with technical assistance from Auroville Consulting – which in turn will pave the way for a solar energy policy for Puducherry.

The trial – the first smart grid trial to have been introduced in India – has been implemented by the Puducherry Electricity Department and the Power Grid Corporation of India, and has involved over 50 service providers.

It has been based on narrow- and broadband power line communication (at 865 MHz and 2.4 GHz) and GPRS.

An official from PowerGrid was quoted as saying that the company is ready to tender for the next phase of smart meters to take the deployment up to 87,000.

The Puducherry project is one of 14 smart grid pilots being implemented in India.