India plans to change all electricity meters to prepaid smart meters by 2022


India plans to change all electricity meters to prepaid smart meters by 2022

In what will help improve the fortunes of India’s beleaguered power sector, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government plans to convert all electricity meters into smart prepaid meters by 2022.

The strategy is part of the government’s electricity distribution plan prepared by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), India’s apex power sector planning body, and comes at a time when the new government is trying to step up its efforts to supply 24×7 power to all.

Creating a smart meter architecture minimises human intervention in metering, billing and collection process and helps in reducing theft by identifying loss pockets.

It requires a two-way communication network, control centre equipment and software applications that enable near real-time gathering and transfer of energy usage information. Read More

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