Meters should be placed at appropriate points in the electricity distribution network for proper measurement of the energy input and output at those points (You might like to see Figure to understand meter placements). The absence of meters at any point in the distribution network signifies loss of revenue to the utility since energy flow at that point is not accounted for.
It is unfortunate that several services in the power distribution segment are still not metered. A large scale drive is essential to bring all unauthorized consumers on to the rolls. Such a drive in Andhra Pradesh during a single month (June, 2000) resulted in the metering of 20 lakh new consumers and regularization of 2.57 lakh agricultural services. The Electricity Act, 2003 contemplates metering of all the services and visualizes action on the organization and the individual officers responsible for lapses.