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CESC prepares to rollout smart meter trial in southwest India

Steve Rogerson
February 4, 2015
The Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) is planning a pilot smart metering project in the southwest of India. The project is being managed by Bengaluru-based Enzen Global and is the first to be rolled out of 14 smart grid pilots under the Smart Grid Task Force in India being funded by India’s Ministry of Power.
The 21,000 smart meters have been ordered in a £1m deal from Cambridge, UK, company Cyan Technology. The first meters are expected to go live before the end of this year with the full rollout to be complete in the first half of 2016. Cyan will manage the entire supply chain using local meter manufacturers and will provide facility management services for two years post deployment.
This is believed to be the first commercial implementation of AMI advanced metering infrastructure technology by a public utility for consumers in India. CESC distributes power to more than 1.5 million domestic customers in India across the five districts of Karnataka – Chamarajanagar, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu and Mysore.
“We are delighted to have our first commercial order for a public utility in India, following our two private utility project wins at Tata Power and Essel Utilities last year,” said John Cronin, Cyan’s executive chairman. “The order for the CESC project, one of the 14 smart grid pilot projects in India, will provide substantial credibility for Cyan’s CyLec solution amongst government-owned utilities as well as the wider energy distribution market. Furthermore, it will act as an authoritative reference to opportunities in India and across Asia.”
CyLec was developed to address the requirements of utilities in next-generation economies, of which India is one of the leaders; India has a growing population and 300 million without power. The Indian government has committed to spend billions of dollars on smart grid infrastructure, according to a report from Northeast Group. The report forecasts that from 2015 to 2025 the cumulative spend will be $21.6bn. At present, India has 200 million legacy meters currently deployed and it is estimated it will install 130 million smart meters by 2021.
“We look forward to building further on our market leading position and taking a significant role in this technological evolution,” said Cronin.
Enzen was awarded the contract to provide energy infrastructure to CESC and Cyan will act as an end-to-end provider for the smart metering elements of the contract. Cyan will supply its 865MHz RF mesh communications network including the modules, data concentrator units and head end software, as well as a meter data acquisition system and 21,824 smart meters.
In addition, Cyan will provide facility management services to CESC in Mysore for two years post deployment, which is expected to represent around ten per cent of the order value.