NIIF and EESL partner for smart meters deployment across India
The government of India plans to install 25 crore smart meters in the next few years
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) have announced a new joint venture, IntelliSmart Infrastructure (“IntelliSmart”), to implement, finance and operate the smart meter roll-out programme of power distribution companies.
Smart meters will lay the foundation for smart grids which will be crucial to meet challenges of the evolving energy mix and the government of India’s target of providing uninterrupted 24x7 power supply to every Indian.
The government of India plans to install 25 crore smart meters in the next few years. With the replacement of 25 crore conventional meters with smart meters, billing efficiency can improve from 80% to 100%, and has the potential to increase DISCOM revenues by Rs 1,104 billion. EESL, has been spearheading the smart meter deployment in India with installation of over 6,25,000 smart meters. This partnership of NIIF & EESL will give a fillip to the smart meter ambition of the government of India.
Saurabh Kumar, MD, EESL stated, “India has embarked upon a mission to reduce AT&C losses; proven world over for enabling universal, transparent and responsible energy consumption, and smart meters can play a central role in enabling such an endeavour. We are proud to have an established and experienced institution like NIIF partner with us in scaling our ongoing efforts to transform the market for this technology, and to accelerate its application across the country. This venture will support the ambitions of ongoing government programmes, such as UDAY and National Smart Grid Mission.
Sujoy Bose, MD & CEO, NIIF, added, “IntelliSmart will support the efforts of the Indian power sector as it strives towards delivering dependable 24/7 service to end-consumers. Smart meters will play a transformational role in bringing efficiencies and generating significant commercial benefits for power distribution companies, while at the same time empowering end-consumers to make informed choices regarding power consumption. We are delighted to partner with EESL, which has a proven track record of driving energy efficiency by operating at a substantial scale through its strong relationship with all stakeholders.”
With a focus on expediting the deployment of smart meters across the country, IntelliSmart will seek to operate at scale by leveraging the expertise and capital of both the shareholders, EESL and NIIF. IntelliSmart will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to procure, deploy and provide operations and maintenance for the smart meter infrastructure.
Smart meters communicate on a real-time basis with distribution companies enabling remote meter reading and prompt identification of network failures, thereby reducing response time and improving the quality of networks and services. Smart meters also bring benefits to end-consumers by empowering them with consumption data thereby enabling households to lower their energy bills by becoming more energy efficient and contributing to greater security and affordability of the Indian energy market.
Leveraging its extensive experience with smart meters technology, EESL has already secured contracts for IntelliSmart to install and maintain over 1 crore smart meters across various state distribution companies; the JV will work alongside EESL to scale this up further.