Amidst nationwide lockdown where most of the Discoms are dealing with outstanding dues mainly on account of long-pending bill payments from their customers, some of the power distribution companies (Discoms) in Bihar are earning Rs 5 lakh per day prepaid revenue through EESL-led smart metering programme.
Bihar became the first state in India which has installed aggregate of 28,000 smart meters, and out of them, about 25,000 smart prepaid meters are currently in use.
These prepaid smart meters were installed under the Power Ministry-backed Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), which is the designated agency to implement the smart metering programme in India.
On average, consumers are recharging their prepaid smart meters with a credit balance of Rs 20 per day and resulted in daily recharge revenue of Rs 5 lakh for Discoms.
Under this programme, EESL installed over 12 lakh smart meters so far in India. The use of smart meters enhanced consumer’s convenience and rationalise electricity consumption.
On the other hand, they will also enable Discoms in generating 15-20 percent average increase in monthly revenue per consumer amid the lockdown.