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Smart grid pilot project for industrial consumers in Kerala to resolve power owes

According to reports, frequent power failures and voltage problems faced by industries in the state might soon become a thing of the past as the Union power ministry has decided to introduce smart grid project for industrial consumers in Kerala on a pilot basis.

The modern electricity distribution network would benefit 2,500 industrial consumers in the state.

The Union power ministry has sanctioned Rs 28 crore for the project and 40% of this would be given as grant.

The automatic fault finding and rectification system, being introduced as part of the project, is expected to complete repair works on power lines in record time.

“With this financial assistance, central funding in the state power sector has increased to Rs 1,406 crore. The voltage and frequency problems faced by industrial units would drastically come down once they log on to the smart grid.

The billing system would also become more transparent and effective. Based on the success of the pilot project, this facility would be extended to other sections of consumers, said Union minister of state for power K C Venugopal.

Smart grid projects are being tested in 13 other states, following the recommendations of an expert committee appointed by the prime minister.

At present, only a few developed countries use this facility for effective distribution network.

The advanced metering infrastructure would help consumers know the exact billing amount at any point of time and thus appropriately manage their power consumption.

The electricity board would be able to monitor online energy usage patterns and trace malpractices and energy theft, besides enabling it connect or disconnect power supply online.

Frequent power failures and voltage problems faced by industries in the state might soon become a thing of the past as the Union Power ministry has decided to introduce Smart Grid project for industrial consumers in Kerala on a pilot basis.

The project aimed at establishing a modern and robust electricity distribution network would benefit 2500 industrial consumers in the state. The union power ministry has sanctioned Rs 28 crore to state government for implementing the Smart Grid project on pilot basis. Of this, 40 per cent fund would be given as grant. The automatic fault finding and rectification system being introduced as part of the smart grid project is expected to complete repair works on power lines in record time.

With the financial assistance to the Smart Grid project, Central assistance to power sector in Kerala has increased to Rs 1406 crore. The voltage and frequency problems faced by industrial units would drastically come down once they log on to the smart grid. The billing system would also become more transparent and effective. Based on the success of the pilot project, Smart Grid facility would be extended to other sections of consumers as well”, K C Venugopal said.

Smart Grid projects are being testified in 13 other states, following the recommendations of an expert committee appointed by Prime Minister. Currently, only a few developed countries use Smart Grid facility for effective distribution network.

The advanced metering infrastructure of the Smart grid would help consumers to know the exact billing amount at any point of time and thus appropriately manage their power consumption. The electricity board would be able to monitor online energy usage patterns and trace malpractices and energy theft, besides enabling it connect or disconnect power supply online.

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