Uganda moves to stem non-technical revenue losses


Kampala, Uganda — (METERING.COM) — September 15, 2006 – Ugandan electricity distribution company UMEME is taking steps to reduce energy losses, currently estimated at 34%.

The utility says the losses are mainly non-technical, caused by meter tampering, illegal connections and metering errors. It estimates that non-technical losses amount to 20% of power supplied, with technical losses making up the balance.

Several strategies are being introduced to improve the situation, including the formation of a loss reduction centre, power audits for larger customers and rewards for whistleblowers. A customer verification project has also proved to be successful.

The utility has recently offered a ten week amnesty whereby customers who are using illegal connections can report this without fear of prosecution.