Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- September 29, 2009 - North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has announced that it will become the first major utility in India to realize the performance advantages of an advanced outage management system (OMS).

NDPL is to implement GE’s PowerOn OMS, which will be integrated with the previously installed GE Energy Smallworld geospatial information system (GIS) and NDPL’s existing distribution management system to drive power reliability and quality.

“With PowerOn, coupled with automatic meter infrastructure, NDPL will be able to identify the local faults more precisely, and the repair crew will be remotely instructed and dispatched even before the consumer calls,” said Sunil Wadhwa, CEO and executive director of NDPL. “This will eventually be supplemented by a crew management system that will track the position of the crew nearest to the fault location. I am confident that our consumers will benefit immensely from the powerful outage management tool by way of short outage durations.”

NDPL has implemented several distribution system enhancements over the last five years, including the Smallworld GIS. For that initiative, NDPL received the Edison Electric Institute’s International Edison Award, recognizing the utility’s significant improvements in operating and asset management.

“Our smart grid solutions suite will immediately help NDPL in its ongoing quest to improve the quality and reliability of service while reducing technical and commercial power losses,” said Gursharan Bhatia, general manager of GE Energy’s transmission and distribution business in India. “As a result of NDPL’s automation strategy, the utility has already reduced losses from 54 percent to less than 18 percent over the past five years.”

NDPL, a joint venture between Tata Power and the government of Delhi, distributes electricity to approximately five million people in the Delhi metro area.