The Smart Grid project, so far being implemented on a limited scale in Mysuru to ensure better power supply-demand management by the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company (CESC), will be expanded across the city in view of its success and enhanced power savings.
This was disclosed by the Minister for Energy D.K. Shivakumar, here on Tuesday. He said that about 24,500 CESC consumers in the city were part of the Smart Grid pilot project and the results had been encouraging. Hence, it would be expanded to bring in all four lakh CESC consumers in the city within its ambit and is expected to cost around ₹400 crore.
Mysuru is the first city in the country to have implemented the Smart Grid project under the PPP model at a cost of nearly ₹32.59 crore. As of now, it covers 24,532 consumers in the city.
The CESC pointed out that the concept entailed switching over to digital and automated technology and solutions so as to increase efficiency in power management besides reduction in cost. The authorities say that adopting the Smart Grid concept has its own benefits for the power supply company as is evident in the successful run of the pilot project. This includes improvement in supply hours, reduction in the peak load, reduction in the operational cost, better load forecast, among other benefits.
From the consumers’ point of view Smart Grid ensures reliable and quality power supply besides improved security features, facility for online billing and payment information.
The Smart Grid Pilot Project has evoked nation-wide appreciation. Technical experts from other parts of the country have also evinced an interest in its functioning.
The Minister said despite the drought in the State, the ESCOMS had ensured adequate power purchase and supply and focus was on harnessing renewable energy sources including solar and wind.
Mr. Shivakumar also participated in Kempegowda Jayanti celebrations in H.D. Kote and later in the valedictory function of the training programme for new recruits of CESC at Kalamandira. D. Kiran, MD, CESC, and other senior officials were present.