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Comments on Amendment: CEA (Installation & Operation of Meters) Regulations, 2006

Author(s): Prayas (Energy Group) Publication Date: April, 2021

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has sought public comments on the proposed amendment to the notified regulation of CEA (Installation & Operation of Meters) Regulations, 2006. One key recommendation is that CEA should not mandate installation of prepayment meters. We rather suggest an incentive-based approach which can allow DISCOMs to take a carefully planned approach towards the same. This is important as metering and billing is core to DISCOM's functions and are direct interface with consumers. Additionally, we raise caution on assessing the recommendation of using smart meters for LT OA consumers without furnishing details how these meters can be used for required energy auditing. We also suggest that all feeders and DT’s can be monitored better using AMI systems than AMR.

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