Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a power distribution company (DISCOM), will soon start its ambitious project to install smart meters covering all its 1,600,000 consumers in Delhi.
The DISCOM is set to install smart meters and also launch a mobile app for consumers to access real time energy consumption, per a Press Trust of India (PTI) report. The company is bearing the whole cost of the smart meters, with no added cost to consumers for installation of smart meters.
In the first phase, two lakh smart meters would be installed in north and north-west Delhi in the next one year. Five lakh meters are planned to be installed in the next two years. In the third phase, all 16 lakh consumers will be covered by 2025, a spokesperson of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) told PTI.
In September 2017, Mercom had reported that 2,50,000 smart meters will be installed under the first phase of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project and will cost around ₹1 billion (~$15.6 million) to TPDDL.
The first phase of the project is being implemented in partnership with the global energy management pioneer Landis+Gyr. Phase I will include installing 50,000 three phase meters and 2,00,000 single phase meters.
Deployment of large scale smart meters and communication system, for its entire operation area of 510 square km, is a significant step to bring smart grid technology in India,” said Sanjay Banga, chief executive officer of TPDDL
“We are developing a very robust infrastructure for smooth transition from electronic meters to smart metering and ready to take a lead in the mission of developing smart grid for smart cities with integration of renewables, roof top, electric vehicles as well,” added Banga.
The project has already started with installation of communication and back-end IT infrastructure last year and now meter deployment is commencing from this month.
The second phase of the implementation will include 5,00,000 single phase meters and 50,000 three phase meters is scheduled to begin in April 2019.
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Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.