System metering as an additional strategic tool for reducing commercial losses


System metering can make a significant difference not only to managing, operational losses but also to identifying non-technical losses.

A 2008 World Bank draft report indicates that the median utility in sub-Saharan Africa gets paid for only 50% of electricity generated, as a result of high technical and commercial losses with low collection efficiency. This is not good for any business, but especially not for utility companies in Africa where extension of networks in the urban and rural areas form part of their major responsibility. The report however singles out remarkable strides made by Botswana Power Corporation, a state-owned and operated utility company, that has minimised its losses to 10% and gained cascading effects in providing and self-financing reliable, high-quality extended distribution network service in both urban and rural areas without posing any burden on the government budget.

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