The project will be set up ata cost of Rs. 51 crore

The Government of India has selected the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) to set up power utility systems under the ambitious ‘Smart Grid' technology to conserve and improve power supply, CESC Managing Director P. Bore Gowda has said.

Dr. Gowda disclosed this at an interaction with consumers and representatives of various associations, organised by the Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Monday.

Smart Grid refers to a technology used to bring in modern utility electricity delivery systems. Being a computer-based remote control and automation technology, it is considered crucial for making improvements in energy efficiency on the electricity grid and also in users' homes and offices.

Proposals to set up the Smart Grid were sent from as many as 14 States. The Smart Grid would be established at a cost of Rs. 51 crore. The Union government would bear 50 per cent of the cost and the rest by the CESC. We have identified a party to invest Rs. 12.5 crore and the rest would be borne by the CESC, Dr. Gowda stated. The location of the grid would be planned in such a way that its benefits reached all categories of consumers — domestic, industries and commercial establishments.

Fourth one in India

This was the fourth Smart Grid project in India. The other three were in the private sector.

The Union Power Ministry had recognised CESC as a “more mature utility” in the country, he said. Mysore had been declared a ‘solar city' in India and these two reasons had given a fillip to the CESC to qualify for the Smart Grid project, Dr. Gowda stated. Under the solar city scheme, ‘rooftop' power generation was being planned in the city which could be utilised by households and excess power sold to the grids.


Replying to a question on the energy consumption of streetlights, Dr. Gowda said that the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission had some time ago asked the CESC to install streetlighting system with a timer to ensure automatic switch on and off. The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) had been told to fit the timers. If it did not, the CESC would do it and pass on the bill to the MCC, he said.

The monthly power purchase cost of the CESC was around Rs. 135 crore, but the revenue it earned was in the range of Rs. 110 to Rs. 115 crore. With government subsidies, it could reach around Rs. 120 crore or little more, leaving a deficit of more than Rs. 10 crore every month, Dr. Gowda said. Though the cumulative loss of the CESC had come down drastically, the deficits weighed heavily on its revenue.

  • Smart Grid is a computer-based remote control and automation technology

  • Proposals to set up the Smart Grid were sent from as many as 14 States