- A Metering Device: This will be in the custody of the distribution or utility company.
- A display Unit: This will be at the consumer’s place.
Benefits of Smart Meter:
- The smart meters that are deployed in India are capable of one-way communication as they have enhanced features and cost-effective.
- Smart meters are good for the distribution firms, as they can detect unusual and heavy demand powers, which may point to a tapping of wires. This is particularly applicable in certain parts of India where little theft of power is out of control and detecting it manually is difficult.
How Smart Meter Can Help Control Power Thefts:
- Using Smart meters you can shut off the services of households and commercial establishments which don’t pay their bills.
- Early indications from deployments globally indicate that putting monitoring systems in place can prevent the power loss caused due to electricity theft.
- Smart meter help to control the lower power consumption and consumers who use ‘free’ power can cut the usage and resort to using the power only as much as they can pay legally.
One of the strongest reasons to start smart meter in India is to prevent the power theft which is legally or illegally very huge. The other compelling factors such as technical power losses, peak power shortfalls and bringing well-organized transmission of electricity to reward the consumers who help in reducing peak power also demand smart meter.
At present, governments in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, New Delhi, and Puducherry have initiated the process of installing smart meters. Hope it spread all over India to control the power thefts.[Courtesy: usharama college of engineering and technology]