Smart metering Current Affairs - 2020

EEESL of GoI completes one successful year in making India Energy Efficient

The EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) recently celebrated its 10 years of successful operation. The Company adopted the policy of making India Energy Efficiency a year back. It has successfully completed its one year of energy efficiency policy.

Highlights

In the last one year, the company has installed more than 10 lakh smart meters all over India under the Smart Meter National Programme. The company has replaced more than 10.6 million street light bulbs with LED lights. This helped to reduce 20 million tonnes of Carbon-Dioxide. Low cost LED bulbs were distributed through Unnat Jyoti Programme (UJALA). Today, UJALA is the largest domestic lighting project in the world.

About EESL

EESL is the largest energy service company in the world. Apart from Indian projects, the company has also taken up transformation in foreign countries such as UK, south Asia, Middle East and South-East Asia.

Way Forward

In the future, the company is to commission 100 MW of decentralized solar power plants.

Prepaid and smart metering for electricity

Minister of Power and New & Renewable energy R.K Singh has said that in the next three years electricity metering will go smart and prepaid. He has also asked the manufacturers to scale up manufacturing of smart prepaid meters and to work towards bringing down their prices.

Why the Pitch for Smart meters?

The Power Ministry is pushing for smart prepaid meters for the following reasons:

  • Smart and pre-paid metering will aid in making state utilities more efficient and bringing down their losses in the past.
  • It will incentivise energy conservation.
  • Maintaining the better financial health of DISCOMs.
  • Enhancing the ease of bill payments.
  • Reducing AT&C losses.

The minister has assured the smart meter manufacturers of steady demand as the government is planning to make smart metering mandatory after a particular date. On a pilot basis, the prepaid meters are being deployed in Uttar Pradesh as part of the Saubhagya scheme which aims to electrify over four crore households till December this year.