Meter replacement program in Pakistan progresses


Islamabad, Pakistan — (METERING.COM) — July 8, 2013 – The meter replacement project being carried out as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported Power Distribution Program is making progress, with almost 40,000 meters replaced to date.

The project is replacing old mechanical meters and damaged meters with new electrostatic meters in three government-owned power distribution companies – Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO).

More than 20,000 meters have been replaced in LESCO and 9,000 in both FESCO and PESCO, in selected subdivisions where improvements in meter reading and subsequent customer billing can be monitored, a recent USAID statement was quoted as saying.

The objective of the project is to improve the commercial viability of the discos by improving the accuracy of the energy billed to the customers and eliminating the need to estimate bills. This will improve the confidence of the consumers in the accuracy of their bills and is expected to reduce the commercial losses of discos and improve their profitability, according to an earlier USAID statement.

The Power Distribution Program is a five-year initiative launched in 2010 to improve the performance of Pakistan’s discos by reducing losses and improving revenue and customer services.

As part of the program it is also intended to install samples of both walk-by AMR systems and AMI systems in the disco.