The Government of India (GoI) has announced theUjwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) programmefor financial restructuring and performanceenhancement of electricity Distribution Companies(DISCOMs) which mandates DISCOMs to deploysmart meters (conforming to the latest IndianStandards: IS 16444 and IS 15959 Part-2) for allcustomers with monthly electricity consumption above200 kWh. In the Electricity Tariff Policy announced inFebruary 2016, GoI has reiterated the goal of smartmeters envisaged in the UDAY programme. Thegovernment is planning to install smart prepaid meters in the near future for an estimated 35 million customers who consume above 200 kWh/month.
Evolution of smart metering in India
Smart meters are basically static watt-hour meters with time-of-use registers, internal connect and disconnect switches and two-way communication facility. In addition, smart meters provide facilities for remote diagnosis, near real-time alarms and remote firmware upgrade to cater to a feature request or a bug fix. Smart meters also support prepaid mode, with Time of Day (ToD) tariff along with net metering for supporting micro-grids.
Following the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) direction to use static meters, the Indian energy meter market has shifted to static meters from old electromechanical meters. Standards of IS13779 were published by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to define specifications of static watt-hour meters. Later on, BIS published standards for smart metering (IS 16444 in August 2015 and IS 15959 Part 2 in February 2016) and the CEA published functional requirements of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and technical specification of smart meters in August 2016. The National Tariff Policy released in January 2016 re-stated this deployment plan. Another key landmark was the publication of the AMI rollout strategy by CEA in September 2016 which stated that deployment of smart meters is to be done area-wise or feeder-wise instead of segregated deployment based on monthly consumption. The Figure 1 explains the evolution of the smart meter.
Smart metering system
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Role Of Smart Meters In Energy Management
Energy metering in India has evolved over several years. Apart from energy accounting and revenue management, it plays a crucial role in billing efficiency, renewable energy integration and load management. The Government of India is now focusing on the need to adopt prepaid and smart meters to bring down the Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses.
Water-Food-Energy Nexus In India
In these times of agriculture crisis and falling water tables, it is important to rework policies to better address key challenges in the irrigation-power space, argues this article reproduced from TERI.
Investigating The Water-Energy Nexus (WEN) In Indian Industry
This paper attempts to provide the need, background and context for a comprehensive WEN strategic programme in Indian industry.
Wef Nexus – Applying An Inter-sectoral Lens To Meet Growing Needs
Ritu Thakur of the CDKN-Asia team and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia, describes how an inter-sectoral development approach in Nashik, the "backyard of Mumbai", is helping meet people's growing needs for water, energy and food.
Integrating Water Streams
This article discusses the concept and practice of Integrated Water Cycle Management, its growing relevance in the context of changing climate and customer values and also the irrelevance of the business model with which water utilities have been operating for long.
Exploring The Water-energy Nexus
There is a clear need in urban India and the countryside for concerted investigations that address the water sector's impact on energy resources, and the energy sector's impact on water resources, including development, operations and end-uses, says Hariharan Chandrashekar.
Integrated System Packages For Deep Energy Retrofits In Commercial Buildings
This article presents opportunities and challenges for implementing deep energy retrofits in commercial buildings and describes research efforts to develop scalable energy efficiency packages.
Review Of France's Roadmap For Positive-Energy And Low-Carbon Buildings And Building Clusters
France's roadmap for positive-energy and low- carbon buildings and building clusters was prepared way back in 2010 based on a study undertaken by an expert group to align with the French energy legislation adopted in 2005, with a target to lower greenhouse gas emissions by threequarters by 2050 compared to 1990 (the so-called Factor 4 objective).
If climate change commitments are taken seriously by world governments, their industries will follow suit and drive change from unsustainable practices to sustainable practices. The energy and environment management professionals whose professional and personal lives are so directly connected to this cause have a pivotal role to play in driving change at all levels.
An Eco-Conscious Guest House's Journey Towards Energy Sustainability
This article presents the efforts of a sea-front eco-conscious guest house in Puducherry in lowering its energy footprint without compromising the services provided to the guests.
Region To Region
Region To Region
YOGA & PEACE
DEEPAK CHOPRA speaks with DAAJI about the role Yoga has to play in bringing about world peace. This is an excerpt from their conversation broadcast on International Day of Peace, September 21, 2020. That documentary is available at https://heartfulness.org/en/international-day-of-peace/.
Create the habit of meditation
CHIRAG KULKARNI, Co-Founder and CMO of Medly Pharmacies in the USA, speaks with RISHIKA SHARMA about creating a regular meditation practice, so as to make it a habit. He also shares how meditation has benefited both his personal and professional life.
LiDAR MAPPING A GOLD MINE
When Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, Georgia, wanted to open more of its areas to public tours, they asked Inspired Intelligence, a family owned and operated drone business in Buford, Georgia, to help. Inspired Intelligence CEO and founder Nir Pe’er explained, “Besides drone technology, we also used new, amazing cutting-edge technology called LiDAR.
Jacqueline Bisset's Sizzling Career
Now in her seventh decade as a film actress, British beauty Jacqueline Bisset first hit the big screen in the mid-1960s and was soon on her way to becoming a household name after dramatic roles later in the decade in films such as “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen.
BEAUTY IN SUITCASE MURDER CRACKED!
Ex-beau busted 19 years after BODY FOUND
SHIA'S PRIVATE TEMPLE OF DOOM!
Indiana Jones gig derailed by abuse scandal
"Food Raconteur” Ashok Nageshwaran wants to tell you a story.
THE MAKING OF A MODEL MINORITY
Indian Americans rarely stop to ask why our entrance into American society has been so rapid—or to consider what we have in common with other nonwhite Americans.
In 2017, DR. VANDANA SHIVA spoke with KIM HUGHES about the sacredness of the Earth, the work she has been doing to bring awareness and change in the field of sustainable agriculture, and the importance of understanding our interconnectedness with Nature, and how we can change the way we eat.