REC: Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited and J-PAL South Asia sign agreement

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REC Limited, Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited and J-PAL South Asia sign agreement
Dated: April 21, 2022

REC Limited, a public infrastructure finance company under the Ministry of Energy, Government of India and Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited (JPDCL), has partnered with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in South Asia to test the impact of meters on improving consumer payments and electricity delivery in Jammu.

REC Limited, JPDCL and J-PAL South Asia will collaborate to leverage existing administrative data to explore ways to reduce electricity theft and mis-billing. Insights from this analysis will inform randomized evaluations conducted by faculty who are part of J-PAL’s global network to assess the impact of smart meters on improving billing accuracy and other features such as remote disconnections, prepaid and online meters. billing.

People living in low- to middle-income countries often receive irregular power supplies and suffer from electricity theft and non-payment. Smart meters, which measure electricity consumption in real time and transmit the data to a central system, are seen as a potential solution to alleviate these problems.

This partnership builds on a data sharing agreement signed between J-PAL South Asia and REC Limited in September 2021 to create an annual assessment based on data from 79 public and private electricity distribution companies (DISCOMS) in across the country to improve access to electricity.

The agreement was signed by RK Gupta, Chief Managing Director – REC Limited along with Shiv Tayal (IAS), Managing Director – JPDCL and Shobhini Mukerji, Executive Director – J-PAL South Asia.

J-PAL South Asia will also conduct scoping studies to assess the effectiveness of innovative solutions targeted at energy accounting and other reforms designed to improve electricity supply and reduce revenue losses.

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