Indian authorities have given the green light to a new pilot of smart grid technology in the state of Kerala, according to a report in the Times of India newspaper.
The pilot will target 2,500 so-called “industrial consumers” in Kerala and benefit from a total investment of 280 million rupees ($5 million), with 40% of the funding to come in the form of a government grant.
State authorities hope the introduction of smart grids will help address the frequent power failures and voltage problems that plague industries in Kerala.
The smart grid will reportedly include an automatic fault finding and rectification system that will shorten the time it takes to repair broken power lines.
Authorities also expect smart-grid technology to make the billing system more transparent and efficient. An advanced metering system would help consumers to better manage their consumption by showing them exactly how much they have spent at any point in time. The electricity board would also be able to keep track of energy usage patterns and plan accordingly.
As reported by the Times of India, smart grids are currently being tested in a total of 14 states in India, including Kerala, following recommendations by an expert committee that was appointed by the prime minister.