Metering with smartness

An outlook on metering sector. With the smart cities coming up the opportunity for meters has been increased. Along with smart cities there is requirement for smart meters as well that will help in automatic meter reading etc. Apart from introducing new technologies, the government is launching metering projects to bring growth in the sector as well. As per the experts the metering sector has given a good performance in the last year, but what about this financial year 2016-17. Will the sector perform better than the previous year? What will be the major drivers and what will be the future road map?
While explaining about the metering industry performance during the past one year Kshitij Batra, Director, Marketing – Partner Projects Business, Schneider Electric India states, “Last year, the government had announced its mission to build up 100 smart cities in the country. Utilities are building block of any such infrastructural development. Since efficient energy monitoring and control is the backbone of any smart city, metering industry showed lot of development and advancements in the past couple of years.” There is a tremendous demand for electricity in India and there is an urgent requirement for utilities to reduce transmission and distribution losses. Last year, the Ministry of Power allocated fourteen smart metering pilot projects, which are currently underway, evaluating solutions suitable for the Indian market. Such pilot projects have given a strong momentum to the growth of smart metering system. Metering industry has also witnessed unprecedented development in terms of technology. Many advanced features such as time of day metering, automatic meter reading and prepaid metering emerged as a result. The government is taking lot of initiatives for the growth of the sector. There is also integrated power development scheme and Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana which resulted into increased demand for the meters.
As per Babu Babel, President, IEEMA observation the metering industry had diverse experience and also finds that there is decline in the price realisation for single and three phase meters. Briefing about the metering sectors performance he says, “Year 2015-16 was mixed experience for meter industry. Based on the available information the industry sold around 25 million electricity meters during the past year. The size industry is growing at 6-7 per cent per year. We have seen the numbers and revenue growth mainly on the back of funding by central government programs but there has been a steep decline in price realisation for single phase and three phase meters.” The industry has concerns about the steep decline in prices which is becoming difficult to sustain. The meter prices in India are the lowest in the world where as the specifications are most demanding. It is essential that public procurement processes ensure right quality and reliability.  Metering industry has been educating customers in this area for the last 3-4 years.  View point for 2016-17Smart metering systems will be the lifeline of metering industry and would give strong support to the government’s initiatives to create smart cities. Therefore smart metering systems will see lot of developments and technological advancements owing to growing demand of electricity in the forthcoming year. “We are expecting that policy makers will give lot of emphasis on the issues such as depletion of AT&C (Aggregate Technical & Commercial) losses. Reduction in commercial losses is the biggest advantage of having smart meter and this will be a major growth driver of the sector. Smart meters will reach both commercial and residential segments owing to multiple benefits like saving the cost of manual meter reading; conquering the problems related to electricity theft, collection inefficiencies and poor billing, states Batra while briefing about the outlook 2016-17.
The government is showing lot of interest in acquisition of smart metering technologies and lot of schemes and announcements are expected. Net metering could be one of the major steps in this direction in order to achieve energy security by 2022. Net metering for rooftop installations allows users to ‘net off’ their energy bill for every unit sent back to the grid after one’s own consumption. This is advantageous because it promotes solar energy installations and generation; it takes pressure off the grid especially when the demand is high; it saves money for utility companies on meter installation, billing etc, and last but not the least, it helps our state achieve its solar energy target.Updating on the metering industry outlook for 2016-17 Babel states, “Metering will remain key priority for most of the government owned and private utilities and we expect that present volume will be sustained for the next 3-5 years.”
Indian government is looking to roll out smart meters in a big way and this could create reasonable demand for the industry. “Globally electricity metering market is growing at the back of advanced metering infrastructure and introduction and roll out of smart meters, good global quality manufacturers can exploit these opportunities,” points out Babel.
Major growth driversIndia has a pressing requirement to reduce energy losses. Reduction in commercial losses is the biggest advantage of having smart meter and this will be a major growth driver of the sector. “Initiatives of the government like 100-smart city will give further impetus to the growth of this sector as efficient energy storage and distribution is the lifeline for any smart city. Metering at all levels that is incomers, feeders and distribution transformers drive the growth for metering industry,” states Batra while speaking about the drivers for 2016-17.
Speaking on the major growth drivers for 2016-17 Babel states, “Effective revenue management is the top most driver. Discoms have large accumulated losses and governments cannot keep subsidising these. Banks have large NPAs from discoms.”
Government plans to roll out 100 per cent metering for all categories of consumers and large quantity of meters will be procured under various programs. Through IPDS (Integrated Power Development Scheme) and DDUGJY (Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana) the distribution sector infrastructure will be revamped. Metering is an essential part of this program and key to  success of the UDAY program. The industry is geared to meet up with the requirements under these programs. However a systems approach is required and it is critical that reliable and high quality products and technologies are deployed.
Players are gearing upWith enhanced emphasis on organisation wide smart power initiative, Schneider Electric is expected to grow further. “Through smart power, customer can expect complete integration of powergear, controlgear, metering and WAGES on a common platform called PME (Power Monitoring Expert). It comes fully loaded with billing (for tenant billing and cost allocation), energy analysis, energy awareness, power quality and UPS performance modules for achieving overall objective of smart enterprise,” says Batra.
During Elecrama 2016, Schneider Electric launched four new products under Power Monitoring Solutions space. It includes PM8000, PM2000, EM6400NG and ComX 510.
While speaking about Secure Meters performance and future roadmap Babu Babel who is the Joint Managing Director for Secure Meters Ltd states, “After the success of our products with revenue protection features in India, we have introduced the state-of-the-art electronic energy meters into South East Asian and African markets. High quality revenue protection features of the products from Secure Meters enabled utilities to reduce the commercial losses and improve energy management.”
Prepayment metering systems that empower electricity consumers in managing their demand and conserve energy have been successfully deployed in developing countries. “Utilities have experienced reduction in demand and energy conservation after deployment of prepayment metering system from Secure Meters. Metering technology with revenue protection and AMR features from Secure Meters have been deployed by utilities in SE Asia for their customers,” informs Babel. 
We are expecting that policy makers will give lot of emphasis on the issues such as depletion of AT&C (Aggregate Technical & Commercial) losses.Kshitij Batra, Director, Marketing – Partner Projects Business, Schneider Electric India.
High quality revenue protection features of the products from Secure Meters enabled utilities to reduce the commercial losses and improve energy management.Babu Babel, President, IEEMA

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Metering with smartness

An outlook on metering sector. With the smart cities coming up the opportunity for meters has been increased. Along with smart cities there is requirement for smart meters as well that will help in automatic meter reading etc. Apart from introducing new technologies, the government is launching metering projects to bring growth in the sector as well. As per the experts the metering sector has given a good performance in the last year, but what about this financial year 2016-17. Will the sector perform better than the previous year? What will be the major drivers and what will be the future road map?
While explaining about the metering industry performance during the past one year Kshitij Batra, Director, Marketing – Partner Projects Business, Schneider Electric India states, “Last year, the government had announced its mission to build up 100 smart cities in the country. Utilities are building block of any such infrastructural development. Since efficient energy monitoring and control is the backbone of any smart city, metering industry showed lot of development and advancements in the past couple of years.” There is a tremendous demand for electricity in India and there is an urgent requirement for utilities to reduce transmission and distribution losses. Last year, the Ministry of Power allocated fourteen smart metering pilot projects, which are currently underway, evaluating solutions suitable for the Indian market. Such pilot projects have given a strong momentum to the growth of smart metering system. Metering industry has also witnessed unprecedented development in terms of technology. Many advanced features such as time of day metering, automatic meter reading and prepaid metering emerged as a result. The government is taking lot of initiatives for the growth of the sector. There is also integrated power development scheme and Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana which resulted into increased demand for the meters.
As per Babu Babel, President, IEEMA observation the metering industry had diverse experience and also finds that there is decline in the price realisation for single and three phase meters. Briefing about the metering sectors performance he says, “Year 2015-16 was mixed experience for meter industry. Based on the available information the industry sold around 25 million electricity meters during the past year. The size industry is growing at 6-7 per cent per year. We have seen the numbers and revenue growth mainly on the back of funding by central government programs but there has been a steep decline in price realisation for single phase and three phase meters.” The industry has concerns about the steep decline in prices which is becoming difficult to sustain. The meter prices in India are the lowest in the world where as the specifications are most demanding. It is essential that public procurement processes ensure right quality and reliability.  Metering industry has been educating customers in this area for the last 3-4 years.  View point for 2016-17Smart metering systems will be the lifeline of metering industry and would give strong support to the government’s initiatives to create smart cities. Therefore smart metering systems will see lot of developments and technological advancements owing to growing demand of electricity in the forthcoming year. “We are expecting that policy makers will give lot of emphasis on the issues such as depletion of AT&C (Aggregate Technical & Commercial) losses. Reduction in commercial losses is the biggest advantage of having smart meter and this will be a major growth driver of the sector. Smart meters will reach both commercial and residential segments owing to multiple benefits like saving the cost of manual meter reading; conquering the problems related to electricity theft, collection inefficiencies and poor billing, states Batra while briefing about the outlook 2016-17.
The government is showing lot of interest in acquisition of smart metering technologies and lot of schemes and announcements are expected. Net metering could be one of the major steps in this direction in order to achieve energy security by 2022. Net metering for rooftop installations allows users to ‘net off’ their energy bill for every unit sent back to the grid after one’s own consumption. This is advantageous because it promotes solar energy installations and generation; it takes pressure off the grid especially when the demand is high; it saves money for utility companies on meter installation, billing etc, and last but not the least, it helps our state achieve its solar energy target.Updating on the metering industry outlook for 2016-17 Babel states, “Metering will remain key priority for most of the government owned and private utilities and we expect that present volume will be sustained for the next 3-5 years.”
Indian government is looking to roll out smart meters in a big way and this could create reasonable demand for the industry. “Globally electricity metering market is growing at the back of advanced metering infrastructure and introduction and roll out of smart meters, good global quality manufacturers can exploit these opportunities,” points out Babel.
Major growth driversIndia has a pressing requirement to reduce energy losses. Reduction in commercial losses is the biggest advantage of having smart meter and this will be a major growth driver of the sector. “Initiatives of the government like 100-smart city will give further impetus to the growth of this sector as efficient energy storage and distribution is the lifeline for any smart city. Metering at all levels that is incomers, feeders and distribution transformers drive the growth for metering industry,” states Batra while speaking about the drivers for 2016-17.
Speaking on the major growth drivers for 2016-17 Babel states, “Effective revenue management is the top most driver. Discoms have large accumulated losses and governments cannot keep subsidising these. Banks have large NPAs from discoms.”
Government plans to roll out 100 per cent metering for all categories of consumers and large quantity of meters will be procured under various programs. Through IPDS (Integrated Power Development Scheme) and DDUGJY (Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana) the distribution sector infrastructure will be revamped. Metering is an essential part of this program and key to  success of the UDAY program. The industry is geared to meet up with the requirements under these programs. However a systems approach is required and it is critical that reliable and high quality products and technologies are deployed.
Players are gearing upWith enhanced emphasis on organisation wide smart power initiative, Schneider Electric is expected to grow further. “Through smart power, customer can expect complete integration of powergear, controlgear, metering and WAGES on a common platform called PME (Power Monitoring Expert). It comes fully loaded with billing (for tenant billing and cost allocation), energy analysis, energy awareness, power quality and UPS performance modules for achieving overall objective of smart enterprise,” says Batra.
During Elecrama 2016, Schneider Electric launched four new products under Power Monitoring Solutions space. It includes PM8000, PM2000, EM6400NG and ComX 510.
While speaking about Secure Meters performance and future roadmap Babu Babel who is the Joint Managing Director for Secure Meters Ltd states, “After the success of our products with revenue protection features in India, we have introduced the state-of-the-art electronic energy meters into South East Asian and African markets. High quality revenue protection features of the products from Secure Meters enabled utilities to reduce the commercial losses and improve energy management.”
Prepayment metering systems that empower electricity consumers in managing their demand and conserve energy have been successfully deployed in developing countries. “Utilities have experienced reduction in demand and energy conservation after deployment of prepayment metering system from Secure Meters. Metering technology with revenue protection and AMR features from Secure Meters have been deployed by utilities in SE Asia for their customers,” informs Babel. 
We are expecting that policy makers will give lot of emphasis on the issues such as depletion of AT&C (Aggregate Technical & Commercial) losses.Kshitij Batra, Director, Marketing – Partner Projects Business, Schneider Electric India.
High quality revenue protection features of the products from Secure Meters enabled utilities to reduce the commercial losses and improve energy management.Babu Babel, President, IEEMA

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