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Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) in Pakistan is reaping the benefits of a fully integrated billing system through AMI infrastructure implemented by MicroTech.The primary objective of the the advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) project deployed in August last year, was to automate and streamline MEPCO's operations from the recording of energy use to revenue collection.

The project represents the largest USAID-funded AMI deployment for Multan Electric Power Company. [Smart grid funding: Pakistan completes USAID-backed project]

According to MEPCO official, the utility has recorded a significant increase in operational efficiencies, due to a key feature of the solution i.e. load management. Aggregate technical and commercial losses have also been reduced, says a company release.

[quote] The system has afforded greater transparency with regard to MEPCO's billing system and has helped the company improve billing efficiency.

A MTI spokesperson said, “The deployed solution with enhanced load control and load management, provided automated consumption data for monthly billing and monitoring, that facilitated improved revenue collection." The spokesperson added that the project has succeeded in "completely shifting its billing operations to an advanced system by utilising its full capability."

MicroTech has provided complete back-end support to MEPCO through a dedicated AMI support centre. MTI's collaboration with MEPCO has established a foundation for the utility to initiate tenders for the extension of the AMI project.

Pakistan secures $810m for energy infrastructure funding

In other news, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued $810 million in funding to help Pakistan improve its grid infrastructure.

In a press statement, the ADB said the loan will be used to upgrade power transmission systems in the South Asian state. [Pakistan approves smart meter projects for ADB funding]

In addition, the funds will be channeled toward meeting increasing demand of electricity in Pakistan.

Megan Wolf, energy specialist at ADB in Central and West Asia, said: “A reliable and sustainable power sector is critical to the economic growth and wellbeing of Pakistan.

“Fast implementation of this facility and related reforms to alleviate power shortages will improve the prospects for the economy,” added Wolf.