EESL Signs Pacts with Bihar Utilities to Install 2.34 Mn Smart Prepaid Meters

Power Ministry backed Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) have recently signed agreements with South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd (SBPDCL) and North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd (NBPDCL) for the installation of 2.34 million smart prepaid meters in Bihar, under its Smart Meter National Programme.

January 30, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Power Ministry backed Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) have recently signed agreements with South Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd (SBPDCL) and North Bihar Power Distribution Company Ltd (NBPDCL) for the installation of 2.34 million smart prepaid meters in Bihar, under its Smart Meter National Programme.

This is the first time that smart prepaid meters are being installed at this scale, and are set to have a transformative impact on the state’s energy landscape. The agreement was signed in the presence of Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Energy Minister of Bihar Government.

Sharing his views, Bijendra Prasad Yadav said, “power sector is facing high aggregate technical and commercial losses and implementation of smart prepaid meters can play a crucial role in addressing these challenges in Bihar. I am confident that these meters will be a boon for the state’s energy landscape and will help DISCOMs in shoring up their finances.”

“We have been implementing smart prepaid meters across India to enhance consumer convenience and increase DISCOM revenues. We have made significant progress in this journey in the state of Bihar, which has become the first state in the country to witness smart prepaid meter installation at this scale. Now, with the commercial launch of the smart prepaid system for Bihar utilities, we’re certain that this will help bring a transformation in the entire power sector,” said Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, EESL.

The objective of this project is to have a sustainable impact on the distribution sector in Bihar. The smart prepaid meters will optimise the DISCOM operational performance by increasing the billing and collection efficiency, reduce the operation and maintenance cost; and enhances the quality of service, along with providing the consumers with demand side management (DSM) options.

These smart prepaid meters have been connected through a web-based monitoring system, which would help to reduce commercial losses of utilities, enhance revenues and serve as an important tool in power sector reforms.

The Smart Meter National Programme aimed to replace 250 million conventional meters with smart meters in India. Under the smart meter national programme, EESL and Intellismart have installed more than 1.6 million smart meters in the country.

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