Puducherry, India --- (METERING.COM) --- March 6, 2012 - The first of eight smart grid pilots proposed by the India Smart Grid Task Force is to be undertaken in the Puducherry Town limit.

Under a memorandum of understanding between the Puducherry government’s Electricity Department and the Power Grid Corporation of India, the project will be implemented by the PGCIL and its associates, with no financial implication for the local government or citizens of Puducherry.

According to the MOU the project will mainly involve the installation of advanced metering infrastructure with a central data control center. Consumers will be provided with their consumption data and able to manage their usage. The Electricity Department will also monitor usage to detect theft, and a remote disconnect/reconnect will also be provided.

With the system the Electricity Department envisages a reduction of the aggregated losses (i.e. both technical and non-technical) from 22.6 percent to 8.86 percent, and a tariff collection efficiency improvement from 90 percent to 98 percent. The resultant benefit is estimated at Rs12.24 crore (US$2.5 million) annually.

The MOU also notes that the scheme will have a built in facility for diversifying into a smart city project covering areas such as the water supply system, security management, smart buildings, operation of electric vehicles, e-education, etc.