A pilot project of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) on the use of smart online power meters to plug huge revenue loss has shown satisfactory reports in the city.
In November last year, the UHBVN in collaboration with a Jaipur-based private electrical appliances manufacturing company, Genus, had installed 13 meters that are capable of tracking energy use, at Sector 5 here.
Superintendent engineer, UHBVN, TK Mahajan told Hindustan Times on Sunday that a detailed report had been sent to the powercom’s headquarters at Panchkula for further action on the basis of the satisfactory report.
The meters gather information about household electricity consumption and transmit it wirelessly at regular intervals to the supplier, he said.
Power theft and non-payment of bills by subscribers are major nuisances in Haryana and each year, the power companies lose crores of rupees due to these factors. Dedicated vigilance teams are in place in the state to check power theft.
However, the smart system is designed to snap an electricity connection attached to it without stepping near the actual meter.
Officials said it would further minimise the risk to powermen being attacked by those stealing electricity or not paying dues if raiding parties go there.
UHBVN officials said if error-free smart meters were used then the powercoms would be able to overcome huge revenue losses by simply monitoring the data.
“Smart meters are proving helpful in detecting power theft or any attempt to manipulate energy-reading devices. However, the pilot project is an ongoing research and development with the public sector in effectively controlling power theft,” said Mahajan.
Smart meters have been installed parallel to the conventional pole-mounted meters of the domestic power users.
The department has selected 13 households connected with a transformer.
Sub-divisional engineer Dharam Suhag, who is supervising the pilot project, said the smart meters alert the central monitoring as and when any pilferage or attempt to tamper it was made.
“The system is regularly sending feedback online and it could be monitored at any distance. Moreover, the system enables us to snap power line of defaulters from an automated work station placed at any distance,” he said.