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Move to delicense power distribution is full of challenges

Following up on the announcement in the Union Budget, the Ministry of Power is proposing to delicense electricity distribution and allow multiple players in each supplying area.  The objective behind the move is to encourage competition and allow consumers the choice of power supplier. They will have the option to choose their preferred discom once [...]

NBIoT: Going where 2G, 3G, 4G can’t go

Going beyond 2G, 3G and 4G, NBIoT is a technology that enables devices to send data even where there is no mobile network. Also, it is more secure, consumes less energy and provides better efficiency. Besides being hugely beneficial for automatic meter reading technology, NBIoT has a wide range of applications in agriculture, transport, environment [...]

Smart meters the best way to tackle power theft menace

Electricity thefts, besides causing a drain on the power departments’ finances and affecting the quality of power supply, are also responsible for increasing the tariff burden on an average consumer. Installation of smart meters is the best way of checking this criminal practice and the Government is doing well to digitalise the existing power infrastructure [...]

Power utilities must gear up for host of challenges in store

With ever-increasing digitisation of society and recent thrust on e-mobility, the power system’s responsibility has increased manifold. In order to cope up with the spurt in power demand triggered by modern-day living, utilities need to integrate their systems with technological advancement based on IoT, AI and various other smart devices available in the market. Power [...]

IoT, M2M better power sector ops

The use of smart technologies like IoT, AI and M2M has brought an end to Discoms and power consumers’ woes to a large extent. Smart meters have led to an improvement in the efficiencies of power utilities and brought comfort of consumer experiences. There is also a need to upgrade traditional power grids to smart [...]

SMNP: An essential programme replete with many challenges

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited, tasked with implementing the Government’s ambitious Smart Meter National Programme (SMNP), faces an uphill task in creating an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) because of the multiple challenges involved. Yet, once implanted, the SMNP will go a long way in ensuring an efficient power management system in the country. The Smart [...]

Multipoint connections set to prove a boon for the residents of societies

Over two months after the UPERC’s amendment to the Electricity Supply Code, 2005, multipoint power connections are going to be a reality in high-rise residential societies. The move will certainly be a boon for the residents of these societies as it will spare them from exorbitant power bills and steep maintenance charges. With the expiry [...]

Prepaid meters and smart solutions have multiple gains for all

Smart metering solutions provide a host of benefits to both the consumers as well as the electricity distribution companies.  While smart meters help the consumers in being charged fairly for the actual power consumed, discoms gain by saving on distribution losses and cutting manpower cost for meter reading. The onslaught of coronavirus pandemic and consequent [...]

Multi-point connection essential for society to get rid of inflated bills

People living in multi-storied housing societies are subjected to inflated electricity bills thanks to the single-point connections in most such buildings. As the shift to multi-point connections has been made mandatory, the residents must take a lead and insist upon the builder to go for a changeover to this highly trusted and advantageous mode. It’s [...]

Tracking Energy Is Vital For Its Conservation

The need to conserve energy is of paramount importance considering fast depletion of non-renewable sources of energy. A sure way of doing this is by keeping track of energy consumption and ensuring that wastage of this precious resource is eliminated while consumption is raised to optimum levels. Energy consumption got ingrained into the human psyche [...]

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