Baguio City, Philippines --- (METERING.COM) --- January 22, 2008 – Pay-as-you-go, or prepayment meters, are being tested in the Philippines, in an effort to reduce system losses and curb theft of energy. The trials are being conducted by a group of electricity cooperatives; when explaining how the meters work, the example of prepaid cellphone cards is used to encourage adoption.
Credit is loaded to the meters by swiping a smart card, and the meters are automatically shut down if an attempt at tampering is detected. The computerized management system will be operated by a private firm in the region.
The cooperatives expect to save money by doing away with the need for meter readers. Expenses could be further cut because there will be no need to send teams out to reconnect meters that have been disconnected because of non-payment of bills. It is hoped that the coops will be able to reduce their power tariffs once the amount of the savings has been quantified.