UAE utility replaces analogue meters with smart meters

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has to date replaced some 18,000 analogue meters with smart meters.

The new meters were installed in SEWA’s service territories including in Muwaileh and Shuwaihean cities. [UAE city discusses plans to deploy 200,000 smart grids]

SEWA is targeting to equip all of its residential, commercial and industrial customers with smart meters by 2020.

The utility firm is installing smart meters to ensure it accurately bills its customers and help them improve their energy usage to reduce costs.

The project falls under efforts by SEWA to use smart grid technologies and contribute towards ensuring that the global energy efficiency level reaches 50% by 2020.

The company opted to equip its customers with the new metering system following the successful implementation of a number of pilot projects which were designed to assess the benefits of smart meters technology.

The deployment of the advanced meters will be done in phases, beginning with installation for customers in the utility’s 11kv distribution lines. [United Arab Emirates leads GCC smart building initiatives]

According to a local publication, the utility firm is expected to partner with Japan-based smart grid solutions firm Hyuki Company for completion of the project and other new smart energy initiatives.

DEWA signs deal with Huawei

In related news, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei for research and development of smart city technologies.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two parties will work together to conduct research and development of smart technologies including smart grid, smart meters, demand side management and data analytics.

Huawei will also upgrade and secure DEWA’s telecommunication infrastructure against cyber attacks.

In a combined statement, DEWA and Huawei said the MoU includes the design of new smart services and their implementation under pilot projects.

The utility firm will use its collaboration with the networking and telecommunications company to improve its customer services within the water and energy industries.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said: “DEWA is committed to enhancing collaboration and cooperation with government and private organisations, to expand horizons, and benefit from innovative experience. This will help DEWA develop its services and applications, at the highest international standards, and keep up to date with increasing demands across all fields.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.