Indian utility hopes electric meters will prevent energy theft


Lucknow, India — (METERING.COM) — March 19, 2008 – The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation will shortly deploy ten million electric meters, in an effort to curb theft of power and improve revenues. Installation will start next month, and the project is likely to take at least a year to complete. The meters will go into the homes of both urban and rural customers.

The utility estimates that only 20 percent of homes presently have a meter; the remainder either get their power through an illegal connection, or have no access to the grid at all. Revenue losses, both technical and non-technical, are in the region of 35 percent, and the utility’s target is to reduce this to about 20 percent.