UP power utility faces heat for installing 3G smart meters in the age of 4G


UP power utility faces heat for installing 3G smart meters in the age of 4G

Uttar Pradesh energy regulator has issued notice to state power utility over the installation of smart meters that are based on old 2G and 3G technologies. The total project cost of installing 4 million smart meters in consumers’ premises across UP has been estimated at Rs 1,927 crore. 200,000 installations have already been done.

Hearing a petition filed against the installation of smart meters and modems based on old technologies, the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) recently sought a detailed report from the managing director of UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL).

The petitioner, UP Power Consumers Council president Avadhesh Kumar Verma had urged the watchdog to review the whole matter and to find out to why smart meters currently being installed were not based on latest 4G technology, even as 5G technology was projected to be introduced in India soon. Read More

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