Highlights at the 2nd annual Metering, Billing/CRM India 2008

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The 2nd annual Metering, Billing/CRM India has successfully taken place in the bustling commercial capital of India, Mumbai. Over 350 delegates from 23 different countries discussed metering developments and future requirements for utilities during the 3-day conference. The event was sponsored by EFR, Genus, HCL, KLG Systel, KPMG , KYP Alliance, Landis&Gyr, Oracle, Secure, WinAMR and Zera. Tata Power was the official host utility for the event.

The first day offered an in-depth look at the changing utility environment in India and was officially opened by Devender Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, India.

Opening session
Mr Singh has been a part of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) since 1987 and is presently in charge of Rural Electrification and Distribution, Energy Conservation, Demand Side Management, Energy Efficiency. In his keynote address, he agreed that distribution represents the ‘last mile connectivity’ and metering is a highly critical factor of the Ministry of Power’s national distribution reform.

The first stage of the government’s reform programme, APDRP (which stands for ‘Accelerated Power Development Reform Programme) had stepped up the power industry’s generation, transmission and distribution areas and enhanced private participation in the power sector.

However, according to Mr Singh, the first stage of the reform has still shown challenges in the distribution sector, with AT&C losses still amounting to between 30-35% on average throughout the country. Mr Singh is confident that the results from the first APDRP will help in achieving the ambitious target set during the second stage, aiming to reduce AT&C losses to 10-15%.

Especially IT will play a crucial role in this reform, during which advanced energy auditing and accounting systems will be put in place. APDRPII aims to collect accurate data of energy flows throughout the country and support the IT enbablement of energy infrastructure.

Mr Singh therefore confirmed that the Ministry of Power is very keen to find out more about solutions from industry leaders in order to start with industry implementations and system integration as soon as possible.

His address was followed by Mr Dhiman’s presentation, Member, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) on the Central Electricity Authority’s objectives regarding metering which includes advanced metering technologies, protocol issues and interoperability as well as load management.

Mr Singh added that the MoP aims to create a roadmap to implement smart metering in the future.

After Mr Padmanabhan’s opening remarks on challenges in distribution and privatization, while stressing the great future and expected growth within the Indian economy at the same time, the exhibition was opened by Mr Singh.

Metering and smart grid sessions
The metering sessions on ‘international experiences with smart metering and AMI’, ‘Technologies for a transforming utility environment’ and CRM/Billing presentations were largely applauded.

Siddharta Mathur, Senior Vice President, KPMG inaugurated the co-located ‘Smart Grids India’ conference, being the Knowledge Partner of the event. It included presentations on successful smart grid implementations from Russia and Australia and delegates discussed the latest technologies to create a reliable grid infrastructure including load management.

Exhibition and networking
Highlights at the exhibition included the busy networking function on 14th October 2008, giving attendees great networking opportunities as well as the great variety of local and international technologies on display.

To view all exhibitors of this year’s event, please visit www.smart-energy.com/india.

Overall the event went well and attendees had endless opportunities to liaise with delegates and clients, walking away with strengthened relationships and solid leads. Delegates were very present through the end of the day on October 16th, remaining on to squeeze in some last-chance meetings, attend the workshops, and participate in the Tata Power site visit, which was both well organized and informative.

Metering, Billing/CRM India 2009 in Delhi
Should you wish to attend Metering, Billing/CRM India 2009, which will take place in New Delhi, kindly contact Julia Barton-Hill: Julia.barton-hill@spintelligent.com