Outage management and losses due to theft is one of the top concerns for Southeast Asian utilities along with developing a business case for smart metering, and modernising the transmission and distribution infrastructure, reports the team behind Asian Utility Week 2014.

As part of a ‘utility road trip’, the event production team met with heads of more than 25 Asian utilities, regulators and ministries including TNB, Sarawak Energy, PT PLN, EVN, Ceylon Electricity Board, Electricite du Laos, EGAT, PEA.

Daria La Valle, project director at Asian Utility Week, said: “With the population growth in many Asian countries, utilities are telling us that have a great need to upgrade transmission and distribution equipment, increase capacity and improve efficiency of existing assets.

“And against a backdrop of a tough regulatory framework in which utilities aren’t able to increase tariffs without government permission, energy companies don’t have much spending power for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) so they have to make a very good business case for deployment.”

Other concerns also cited by the utilities include asset management, SCADA and distribution automation, customer engagement and the business case for smart grid technology.

Asian Utility Week has a dedicated metering conference programme, and takes place on 10-11 June, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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