Indian utility Yamuna Power (BYPL) entered into an agreement with smart meters firm Sensus to implement an automated metering infrastructure pilot in Delhi.Under the pilot, Sensus will deploy its AMI solution FlexNet in the utility’s grid network.
The integration of the technology is expected to help Yamuna Power reduce power theft and ensure that it accurately bills its customers.
In addition to helping the power company optimise its revenue collection, the project will ensure Yamuna Power improves its grid management by having access to near real-time grid status data.
Sensus claims that its AMI solution is an open-standard based technology, and will ensure Yamuna Power is able to meet its future customer demands.
P R Kumar, CEO of Yamuna Power, said: “… the technology will help fulfil BYPL's requirements for coverage, capacity and longer-term needs of smart grids without significant additional investment.
“The FlexNet Long Range Radio technology has exceptional penetration and reach to enable a simple and robust architecture for all applications,” added Kumar.
The pilot is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.
The agreement by the two parties to implement the trial project was signed during the India-UK Tech Summit staged in New Delhi from the 7th to the 9th of November, 2016.
Automated metering infrastructure deployment
The news follows an announcement by India Power in mid-August that it began the installation of smart electric meters in the city of Gaya in Bihar state.
The new electric metering infrastructure will enhance the power utility’s customer service by lowering the time for restoration of power in case of power outages.
The system is reported to be able to send notifications to the power firm in the incident of a power failure.
Under the first phase of the smart meters project in Gaya, India Power said it will install 10,000 units within two months. [Chinese firm partners with Indian gov on AMI rollout].
The project falls under India Power’s efforts to meet the mandate set by the country's energy ministry for power utilities to have 100% of their consumers equipped with smart meters by 2020.
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