Smart Meters

CyanConnode Wins Orders For Smart Meters In India

CyanConnode Holdings PLC has gained new purchase orders for 10,400 smart meters from Indian technology and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro Ltd. AIM-listed CyanConnode, a maker of narrowband radio mesh networks, said the new purchase order also expands the deployment of its smart metering solution to Tata Power Co Ltd. The purchase orders from L&T for CyanConnode's advanced metering infra solution are part of a framework agreement between Tata Power and L&T reached last December, which enables Tata Power to call off further deliveries quickly throughout the year without going through a procurement process. CyanConnode said it will provide communications hardware and software to implement its narrowband mesh advanced metering infra solution for 10,400 smart meters for Tata Power consumers in Mumbai, bringing the total orders to date to 25,100. The company's metering technology will enable Tata Power's customers to manage their energy meters as well as provide accurate and regular billing and energy consumption information. Cronin said that India is a core market with the Indian government's approved UDAY scheme, which aims to deliver the financial turnaround for utilities, has a target to install 35.0 million meters by 2019.

Rs 450 Cr central funds to boost power infra

Goyal, the MoS for power, coal, new and renewable energy, announced his ministry has accorded principle approval of Rs 450 crore for the Rs 1,350 crore scheme aimed at development and modernisation of power infrastructure in Gurgaon. An amount of Rs 272 crore has already been approved under the scheme. In a meeting with Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Goyal said the state government was doing commendable work towards strengthening the power sector across Haryana. Haryana is the first state in India to expedite the process of installation of smart meters. This year, Haryana has set a target of reducing line losses up to 20%. Aggregate technical and commercial losses in Haryana last year was only 5%. Apart from this, both the power production and the distribution sectors in the state are running into profit. Power cuts in urban areas have reduced by up to 75%," claimed Goyal.

Rs 3.6K cr loan to UP for consumer connections

Power Finance Corp has sanctioned Rs 3,600 Cr loan for UP discoms to provide infra for last mile connectivity and electricity connections to consumer. The scheme also includes providing smart meters for having real time data of power consumption in the state. According to GARV portal maintained by Power Ministry, there are three crore households in rural areas in UP out of which only 1.49 crore families have electricity connections. The official said however that the UP government is yet to give its nod for Rs 3,600 crore loan for its scheme for strengthening electricity distribution infra. This loan, he said, is not being provided under the IPDS but as a separate debt for discoms to provide electricity connections to over 11 lakh families. The IPDS is designed to help states reduce AT&C losses; establish IT enabled energy accounting/auditing system, improve energy billing based on metered consumption and improve upon collection efficiency. The estimated expenditure on the scheme which would strengthen sub-transmission and distribution networks is Rs 32,612 Cr.

JERC tells electricity dept to install smart meters

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission, an entity established to protect interests of consumers has not accepted the Goa electricity dept's claim that the cost of pre-paid meters are expensive and that the department has not yet taken a decision to install pre-paid meters. The commission in its latest order reminded the department that the dept has a long history of issues relating to billing and collection. "The pre-paid meters, though costlier as compared to conventional meters, will be cost effective in the long run. Further GoI is already focusing on installing smart meters," the commission pointed out. In the past, the commission had observed that govt offices are the largest defaulters with large arrears and directed the dept to start implementing pre-paid meters on pilot basis for govt offices in town areas. The department, last year, informed the commission that other govt depts make payments through book adjustments rather than direct payments against electricity bills charged. The department has decided to install smart meters for around 80,000 consumers in Panaji, Taliegao, Corlim and Bambolim. This entails that meter readers do not have to physically note down readings, and will be able to remotely monitor energy consumption on a daily basis. Pre-paid meters will also help the dept receive revenue in advance from many households that remain locked for most of the year. This saves the meter readers the trouble of gaining access to the meters of homes which are locked.

Ghitorni to get smart city project worth Rs 15,000 Cr

The Centre plans to develop 240 acres of land at Ghitorni district in south Delhi with smart city features worth over Rs 15,000 crore. A proposal in this regard is at an advanced stage of consideration at the Ministry of Urban Development, sources said. As part of the project, the CPWD will construct about 6,500 residential units for govt employees, besides developing office space for public sector firms. On the other hand, NBCC would construct about 500 houses and develop substantial office and commercial space for sale to mobilise resources for financing the project. The proposed 'mini city' would be equipped with urban infra, green sustainable technology and smart solutions as per the Smart City norms, sources said. It will also have water and waste management with dual piping system, rain water harvesting system, solar energy and smart metering, security/surveillance system, Wi-fi, among others. The sources added the project would be completed in 5 years after necessary approvals. Ghitorni is located in southern Delhi near Gurgaon border. 

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