Launch of “Advanced Metering Infrastructure for 5 Million Smart Meters” in India
H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, launches “Advanced Metering Infrastructure for 5 Million Smart Meters” in India on the occasion of India Smart Utility Week 2019.
New Delhi, 14 March 2019
The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, along with Ms Marie-Line Bassette, General Manager - EDF International Networks, and Mr Philippe Monloubou, Chairman - Executive Board of Enedis, launched, at the Residence de France, a smart meters’ deployment project, a collaboration between Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) and EDF International Networks (EDF IN).
EDF IN has been selected by the Indian PSU, EESL, for the design, installation and integration of a network of five million smart meters in India by 2020, primarily in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.
This contract has been jointly awarded to EDF IN (95%) in consortium with Accenture Solutions Private Limited (India) (5%), with EDF as the leader. The consortium will deliver a full range of services from meter installation to integration with the existing billing system of electric supply companies, starting with the states of Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. It will be responsible for the design of data supervisory control and management systems as well as for network operation and maintenance for a period of eight years.
Smart metering results in efficient distribution networks, reduced losses and enabling of the integration of renewable energy. EESL’s innovative approach to smart metering is a boost for the India’s Distribution Companies (DISCOMs).
Recalling the strong ties between France and India and their commitment to an energy-efficient future, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, “In some weeks from now, EDF International Networks, together with EESL, will start deploying 5 million smart meters in Andhra Pradesh and in Bihar. This is a great achievement not only in terms of the large number of smart meters, but also because this project involves providing essential services to communities, skilling thousands of workers and, of course, optimizing infrastructure and process. In this respect, it is the model of a smart project.” He further added, “French companies, like the EDF group, are increasingly integrating into the Indian business ecosystem. This is another example of how France sees India: not as a market, but as a partner. As a place where we can, invest, manufacture, innovate and develop in the long term.”
This project is an excellent example of French know-how in the field of energy and smart grid management in India, a country that represents one-fifth of the world’s population, to face the challenges of energy transition.
Ms Marianne Laigneau, Group Senior Executive Vice President, in charge of the International Division, EDF, said, “The deployment of 5 million smart meters in India indicates a step change in EDF’s presence in the country. Following on from renewable energy, EDF is now active across the entire value chain of electricity. We are acting on the main drivers of India’s energy transition under a comprehensive plan to reduce CO2 emissions. EDF is thus pursuing its ambition for a fivefold increase in its activities outside Europe, as per the EDF strategy CAP 2030.”
This new partnership will contribute to France and India’s shared goals of the conservation of natural resources and transition to low-carbon economies. The two countries have already demonstrated their commitment to tackling global issues through their involvement in implementing the Paris Agreement as well as in co-founding the International Solar Alliance.
EDF International Networks has been selected by the Indian state-owned company EESL (Energy Efficiency Service Limited) for the design, installation and integration of a network of five million smart meters in India, mainly in the states Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.
In France, the EDF Group – via its subsidiary Enedis – has already installed more than 17 million smart meters. The target is to install 35 million meters across the country by 2021. EDF will use this experience and technical knowhow to fulfil this contract and open new opportunities in India.
Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
Ms. Marie-Line Bassette, Director, EDF IN
Mr. Philippe Monloubou, Chairman, Enedis, and President, Think Smart Grids
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am delighted to welcome you tonight at the Residence of France, to celebrate another milestone in our clean-energy partnership between India and France!
Tonight, we are gathered to celebrate the official launch of the smart meters deployment project of EESL and EDF International Networks.
In some weeks from, now, EDF International Networks, together with EESL, will start deploying 5 million smart meters in Andhra Pradesh and in Bihar. This is a great achievement not only in terms of the large number of smart meters, but also because this project involves, for EDF, which is one of the largest utilities in France, providing essential services to communities, skilling thousands of worker and, of course, optimizing infrastructure and process. In this respect, it is the model of a smart project.
Yesterday, I was attending the inauguration of the Smart utility week, in Delhi, together with some of you. It was a good occasion to reflect on what does “smart utility” means. I am certainly not an expert nor a technician, but to me smart utility is about the following :
- Combining new technology with existing infrastructure, working on the “reality”, on improving the world as it stands, and not inventing from scratch an ideal world.
- Ensuring essential services to the citizens, at an affordable price, while empowering them and giving them a better control over how they use and operate these services.
This is a positive sum game: less production capacity installed, more efficient distribution, and, therefore, a better share of the value. Smart utilities are the back office of our ecological transition.
This is also what President Macron calls the “TechForGood”: a technological revolution targeted towards better social inclusion and benefit for the majority.
And this is a vision we very much share in common with India: conserving natural resources, focusing on energy efficiency and sustainable low-carbon substitutes, while keeping the needs of our citizens as a priority.
Our partnership is based on this vision. One of its key elements has been, of course, the Paris Agreement, which India did not only endorse, but also took a leading part in shaping it. Its role as co-founder of the International Solar Alliance alongside France is a demonstration of its commitment.
India’s commitment has resulted in concrete implementation. The country is becoming a world leader in renewable energy with an installed capacity of 25 GW of solar and 34 GW of wind, and much higher targets by 2022.
We support this strong ambition, through our bilateral cooperation, technical expertise, financing from the AFD or the French Government. But I am proud to acknowledge tonight that French companies are also contributing to this momentum.
French companies, like the EDF group, are more and more integrating themselves into the Indian business ecosystem. This is another example of how France sees India: not as a market, but as a partner. As a place where we can, invest, manufacture, innovate and develop in the long term.
The entire French ecosystem of smart utilities is eager to join hands with India, to cooperate and innovate here. It is already under way, and I am confident that this is only the beginning.