The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom), which has been thinking of introducing smart meters to manage increasing power demand in the city, has begun introducing these meters on a pilot basis.
Smart meters have been on the electricity company’s radar as it will allow the imposition of additional fare in the future for customers who consume power during “peak hours”.
This meter uses advanced technology to inform customers in advance about power usage during peak hours. Bescom will calculate the power consumed during peak hours, and impose additional fare over it. It will also cut down expenditure for the purchase of additional power and supply.
Smart meters are being installed to residential, commercial and industrial electric connection and for 43 transformers in Chandapura. Based on the success of the pilot project, it will be implemented elsewhere.
Power consumption in Bengaluru city is around 3,700 MW during peak hours and it can go up to 4,000 MW in summer. Hence, the company has to purchase power to manage any shortage in supply. To get power, even the basic infrastructure will require additional expenditure. Smart meters will help customers reduce power consumption by up to 25 percent, the officer said.