Mumbai: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) today announced a new Joint Venture, IntelliSmart Infrastructure Private Limited (“IntelliSmart”), to implement, finance and operate the smart meter roll-out program 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 24×7 power supply to every Indian.
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 percent to 100 percent, and has the potential to
increase DISCOM revenues by INR 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.
Announcing the Joint Venture, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director,
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, Managing Director & 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.
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
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.
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