HARYANA chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has recently accorded approval for installation of 10 lakh smart power meters in five districts of the state.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Ministry of Power, Government of India, has signed two MoUs (Memorandums of Understanding) with UHBVN (Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam) and DHBVN (Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam) to install 10 lakh smart meters in Haryana. The MoUs entail supply and installation of smart meters in Gurugram, Faridabad, Hisar, Karnal, Panipat and Panchkula within three years in a phased manner.
The MoU with EESL was signed by S K Bansal, director/operations from DHBVN and Naresh Sardana, director/T1 from UHBVN. EESL was represented by Raj Kumar Luthra, general manager, Smart Meters National Programme.
As per the MoU, the implementation of smart metering (AMI) solution will enable significant billing efficiencies for both the DISCOMs. EESL will fund, build, operate and manage the Smart Metering (AMI) Solution implementation in the project area for a defined project period and will monetize its investment on per month annuity basis.
As part of the project, EESL will initially install meters for 10 lakh customers in select cities under the DISCOMs’ jurisdiction in Haryana, scaling the project to more towns in subsequent years. EESL will engage a System Integrator (SI) to implement the Smart Metering (AMI) Solution.
Saurabh Kumar, managing director, EESL said, “We are honored to be a partner in Haryana’s journey towards the adoption of measures that will pave the way for initiating smart measures by DISCOMs in the state. Smart meters will enable consumers to monitor their consumption pattern and the corresponding cost, leading them to adapt their energy use and reduce power wastage, providing long-term carbon and financial savings. With better complaint management, the state’s grid will also achieve faster restoration from outages while delivering improvements in system stability, reliability, and transparency. The signing of these MoUs underscores our commitment to enabling more transformation and transparency through cost-effective and scalable solutions that deliver the benefits of energy efficiency to all.”
The objective of EESL’s Smart Meter National Programme (SMNP) is to replace 25 crores conventional meters with smart meters. As part of the project, EESL aims to improve billing efficiencies across the nation, enabling alignment with the loss trajectory agreed by the DISCOMs under Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme.
The Smart Meters programme is also an unprecedented step towards delivering digital literacy and services under the Digital India programme of the Government of India. This programme will play an important role in empowering citizens by bringing in transparency and accountability in electricity consumption and billing.