The Chinese capital Beijing expects to have 100% smart meter coverage of residential customers by the end of 2015, says national utility State Grid Corporation of China.
In 2014, the city deployed 2.3 million smart meters across 16 counties bringing the total to 5.7 million connected homes, or 78% of residential customers, reports trade media Capital Construction News.
The report said that last year Beijing introduced new services for smart meter users including electricity recharge cards, free SMS alert service and demand management designed to protect the city from load loss during the peak demand period of Chinese New Year.
In other preparations for the festival period coming up in late February, the city has installed remote monitoring technology over 75% of its distribution network allowing the utility to analyze the load curve and detect any overloading problems at substation level cutting the risk of equipment failure.
To protect large commercial buildings, tourist attractions, transportation hubs, major sports venues, the city has said it has an emergency power plan with 252 emergency repair teams in place, nearly 3,500 emergency repair personnel and 465 repair vehicles on standby to ensure.
The seven-day national holiday surrounding Chinese New Year, known as Spring Festival, puts increased pressure on China's infrastructure as millions cross the country to attend family celebrations.
Smart meter investment
China plans to install a total of more than 60 million smart meters.
Smart meters make up the bulk of spending on smart grid technology, which last year outstripped US investment for the first time, according to figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.