Metering programme to address unmetered residential customers
Residential customers will be provided with meters as part of a plan to eradicate estimated billing, says the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED). As part of an ongoing metering programme, distribution companies in Nigeria need to do away with estimated bills and provide meters for all residential customers.
Chief executive of ANED, Azu Obiaya, said: “We are working diligently to address the metering obligations specified under our Performance Agreements with the BPE.
“Meanwhile, we continue to operate the estimated billing methodology that was approved and mandated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for the unmetered residential consumers.”
He continued: “It is critically important that we state that there is no more interested party in the comprehensive metering of our electricity consumers than the DisCos.
“It is our hope and expectation that such metering will be achieved sooner rather than later.”
Prepayment metering programme is a challenge in the Philippines
A survey undertaken by Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) in the Philippines has shown that, of a total of 36,508 customers, only 2,560 customers have said ‘yes’ to prepaid metering.
According to engineer Delfin Cachin, the responses to the metering programme are due to a lack of information about the benefits of prepaid metering.
With prepaid metering, he added, consumers no longer have to worry about disconnection, reconnection fees, surcharges or penalties.
To highlight the advantages of the system, Cachin said Beneco will install 1,000 prepaid meters for their employees.
Mueller Systems and Senet collaborate
Mueller Systems and Senet are collaborating to deliver advanced metering infrastructure to water utilities across North America.
Mueller Systems, is a provider of smart metering solutions to optimise the delivery and use of water. Senet is a provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANS) for long-range Internet of Things (IoT) applications supporting the LoRaWAN protocol.
Mueller Systems will utilize Senet’s open standards-based, public LoRaWAN to bring its LoRa- enabled metering solutions to market and to deliver IoT solutions and coverage to its customers throughout North America. This collaboration will bring to market a highly scalable network of wireless IoT sensors for water metering and management applications designed to boost utility provider efficiencies.
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