The Smart Grid project evolved by the Power Ministry’s India Smart Grid Task force was on Friday inaugurated in Puducherry on a pilot basis. Chief Minister N Rangasamy in the presence of Power Minister T. Thiagrajan inaugurated the pilot project.
The main highlights of the project are installation of advance metering infrastructure in houses with a Control Data Centre in the Electricity Department, which would help consumers as well as the department. The installation of the advanced meters would help consumers monitor real-time power consumption data and at any point of time know the exact billing amount. Since consumers could know the billing on a real time basis, they could appropriately manage power usage, an official in the Electricity Department told The Hindu.
As far as the department was concerned, they would be able to monitor online energy usage patterns and detect malpractices, energy theft and thus enabling them to connect or disconnect supply online. This would help the department save power. Besides, the advance metering system would help the department to bill power tariff online and collection of dues online, said the official.
As a beginning, the department installed 150 meters in Saram and another 3000 meters would be installed in Marapalam area shortly, he added.