Metering, Billing/CRM India taking place from October 16-18, 2008 in Mumbai, India, will give participants an overview of the technologies available and engage utility leaders to discuss how these can be implemented to achieve the targets set during the 2nd stage of the Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (APDRP-II).
Under APDRP-II, performing power utilities stand to be reimbursed 50 percent of the project cost as a grant for reducing their aggregate technical and commercial (ATC) losses to 15 percent within five years. Non-performers would not be reimbursed and would have to rely on borrowings for entire requirements of a project.
The metering scenario is changing: utilities are discussing smart meters, bulk meters, AMR and AMI, prepayment and (PICC-based) communication technologies to control theft. The event will include international and India case studies with a special focus on standardization and interoperability.
The event consists of a 2-day conference with a co-located Smart Grid Workshop, which will discuss the next generation grid. The Indian utility of the future requires more than progress – it requires change, and industry experts and utility leaders are looking for the right technologies to change the “dumb grid” to a “smart grid”, making it more efficient and changing the way utilities deliver services.