Power theft, according to discom officials, is leading to power outage in areas. In the wake of frequent outages, power discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) has identified 540 feeders in various parts of the city that are prone to power theft. All unauthorised colonies and several other localities in the city are on the radar of the DHBVN for power theft. We have sought the cooperation of residents in order to curb power theft. The DHBVN has lodged 2,450 police complaints of power theft between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.In the wake of frequent outages, power discom Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) has identified 540 feeders in various parts of the city that are prone to power theft. Power theft, according to discom officials, is leading to power outage in areas. After identifying the theft-prone areas, the discom is now bracing to take stricter action against offenders. The points are identified as feeders, which consume excess electricity mainly during the summer and cause damages to transformers, wires and metres. The types of theft include illegal connections and meter-tampering. The DHBVN said the feeder-wise loss survey has revealed that as many as 74 feeders are running in urban estates and have caused a loss of more than 50%. 

The officials said this is a huge problem and the only way to check this loss is to shut down the feeders for scheduled cuts. Besides that, another 466 feeders have a loss level between 20% and 50%. “Clearly, these feeders, which are located across the city, have a high prevalence of theft that affects the overall performance of the DHBVN. Another impact of these high loss feeders is on honest consumers who are forced to pay more in the form of higher electricity tariffs,” said Navin Verma, superintending engineer, DHBVN Gurgaon. “It is therefore extremely important for us to curb the theft and supply uninterrupted electricity. We have sought the cooperation of residents in order to curb power theft. [NYOOOZ]

 

Lucknow:India. As part of its zero tolerance policy towards power theft, the Uttar Pradesh government said on Wednesday that it will adopt the "tough Gujarat Model", which envisages constitution of dedicated vigilance squads and setting up special police stations to check pilferageAn iron hand approach is needed to tackle the menace of rampant power theft. The state government will adopt the tough Gujarat Model for checking power theft which has turned out to be a big problem," power minister  said.Giving details of the model, he told PTI in an interview that it provided for constitution of dedicated vigilance squads and setting up of special police stations where cases related to power theft would be lodged.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has set a limit of 15 percent Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses, but Uttar Pradesh accounts for almost 32 percent, he said. "The high rate of pilferage needs to be brought down drastically to ensure round the clock power supply in the state. For this, the state government would first identify feeders where power theft is maximum," he said.The Gujarat government has created five dedicated police stations at Vadodara, Surat, Sabarmati, Rajkot and Bhavnagar to deal with cases of power theft. Additional Deputy General (Security) GUVNL, Vadodara, supervises the functioning of all these police stations and coordinates with the state government for effective functioning of these police stations.

Officers in the ranks of deputy SP, inspector, sub-inspector and other staff in assistant SI and head constable cadre from the state police department work on deputation to facilitate functioning of these police stations.In the second meeting of the state cabinet, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had directed the power department to ensure that defective or burnt transformers should be replaced expeditiously in rural areas so that agricultural operations do not suffer.It has been decided to change defective transformers within 48 hours instead of 72, the time fixed earlier, and within 24 hours in urban areas, Sharma said. "Once this is in place, once we ensure adequate power supply, we can go full steam in checking power pilferage," he said, adding that the first task was to provide electricity and then ensure that it was not being pilfered.

Sharma said the ambitious 'Power for All' pact will be signed by Adityanath and Union power minister Piyush Goyal on 14 April to meet the Centre's target of making the state energy efficient by 2018 and help in ensuring power in all UP villages.[Courtesy-PTI]

 

Both Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) and Silver Spring Networks (NYSE:SSNI) have struggled to show consistent revenue growth and profitability. There are too many companies worldwide competing in a slow growing business in the highly regulated industries such as electric, water and gas. As smart meter companies have struggled to grow, they have tried to diversify into broader Internet-of-Things applications like managing street light in Smart City initiatives. But these initiatives are yet to prove that they will spur significant growth. Consolidation may be an option to drive down cost, increase scale and grow revenue.

Water, electricity and gas are essential to life. One would think given the increased environmental awareness and increasing demand due to population growth would lead to rapid adoption of smart meters that help monitor and inform use of resources and help drive conservation and new consumption models. Yet, smart meter adoption in the U.S. has either stalled or is growing very slowly and adoption in countries with vast populations, such as India, has been extremely slow. According to Silver Spring Networks, a little over half of the 150 million end-points in the U.S are managed by Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

Theft of electricity and the subsequent loss in revenue is a problem in India and smart meters could help reduce theft. Yet, India has been very slow to adopt smart meters. The Indian Government plans to install 50 million smart meters by 2020. Considering that India has potential for approximately 250 million smart meter end-points, that's a 20% market penetration over five years. Silver Spring Networks announced that CESC of India will use its smart meters and AMI infrastructure for 237,000 homes. There is also local competition in India from companies such as Larsen & Toubro.

China, which has the largest installation of smart meters in the world with 150 million units installed by 2015, has sourced smart meters from local manufacturers. That has left companies like Sensus, Itron and Silver Spring Networks with little or no business from China. In China, companies like Yantai Dongfang Wisdom Electric Co., Ltd., Wasion Group and Shenzhen Kaifa Technology have dominated the market.

Europe is targeting a deployment of close to 200 million smart meters for electricity by 2020. According to Berg Insight, Europe may achieve deployment of 150 million smart meters in 2017

Excessive number of global and local competition, coupled with regulatory and political hurdles have made consistent growth extremely difficult. On the surface, demographic, environmental, technological trends coupled with global size of the utilities market make smart meters and smart grid markets and the companies that operate in it look very attractive. But, in practice, lot of competitors entered the market highlighting the fact that the industry did not have a wide moat to keep out competition. This industry may be ripe for consolidation.[Prasanna Rajagopal]