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Power utilities to install 10 lakh smart meters

Power utilities to install 10 lakh smart meters

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Will provide them to those using over 200 units a month

The public sector power utilities of the State have contemplated installing more than 10 lakh smart meters in the initial phase. The idea is to provide this equipment to consumers whose average monthly consumption exceeds 200 units.

An agreement for the purpose is going to be signed with the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), according to an official release.

The communique also revealed the EESL’s initiative to set up solar power units at electric substations and supply power at just Rs. 3 per unit for a period of 25 years.

Tenders

Andhra Pradesh Power Coordination Committee is to float tenders for solar units with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW before February 15 and take up reverse bidding by March 31.

CM’s advice

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu instructed the officials to attach due priority to those schemes as part of the larger goal to achieve sustainable, adequate and cost-effective power supply at global standards by 2029.

Principal Secretary (energy) Ajay Jain told the CM in a meeting that the power utilities were going to adopt a unique model of decentralised grid-connected solar power generation system which helps in reducing the transmission and distribution losses significantly.

Target exceeded

The renewable power purchase obligation target exceeded 4,000 million units, which is more than what the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission has stipulated.

Besides, the AP-Transco planned to move the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission for REC accreditation for sale of REC certificates in the market, Mr. Ajay Jain stated.

Source: thehindu
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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