Nigeria's Abuja Electricity Distribution Company announced the status of its projects aimed at improving its energy billing by replacing analogue with digital meters.The utility has so far installed some 3,500 smart electric meters for its Maximum Demand (MD) customers to help them improve management of their energy usage.
In total, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) is targeting to install 3,900 smart electric meters for its MD consumers.
Under the government’s Credit Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) programme, AEDC has equipped 76,000 of its customers with prepaid electric meters.
The energy distribution company said its programmes to replace analogue meters with digital prepaid and smart electric meters aims to eliminate estimated billing and improve the firm's revenue collection.
Ernest Mupwaya, managing director of AEDC, said: “First of all, we recognise that affordable, adequate and safe electricity is a key ingredient to any sustainable economic development, and that we cannot talk of sustainable progress if we are providing a service that is not satisfactory. This is why we are conscious of improving our customer satisfaction level.”
Utility prepaid services and energy distribution
Meanwhile, Indian utility BSES Yamuna Power announced that it completed a $269.1 million smart grid pilot which involved the deployment of an advanced distribution management system in east Delhi.
The deployed system will be used to remotely monitor and operate the utility’s 60 11kV substations providing electricity to some 100,000 consumers.
The smart grid pilot is expected to help BSES Yamuna Power to improve its fault restoration by about 50%.
The DMS will enable BSES Yamuna Power to improve reliability and quality of power supply. [Indian utility improves management of energy distribution].
In early February, the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL) partnered with Delhi-based Paytm to improve its prepaid electricity recharge services.
The partnership allows customers of MSPDCL to recharge their prepaid electricity meters online using the Paytm app.
The decision by MSPDCL to partner with Paytm falls under efforts to provide its customers with a secure digital platform to pay their bills.
Utilities including BSES Rajdhani, TPDDL, CESC, UPPCL, SNDL, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam and BESCOM Limited also partnered with Paytm to enhance their prepaid billing services.
Commenting on the partnership Sonia Dhawan, the deputy general manager Paytm, said: “Our aim is to revolutionise bill payments and we are confident subscribers across Manipur will find our service convenient and useful.
"The recent surge in online bill payments across India reaffirms our belief that consumers love the great experience our cashless payments offer. This is in line with our vision to make cashless payments a way of life across the country.”
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