Honduras’ ENEE wins Utility Planning Network award


Ronald B. Via,
Vice President,
Elster Electricity
Tegucigalpa, Honduras — (METERING.COM) — October 10, 2007 –Empresa Nacional de Energia Electrica (ENEE) of Honduras has been selected as the winner of Utility Planning Network’s (UPN) 2007 Metering Award Program for AMR Initiative – International. ENEE is being recognized by UPN based on its execution of an aggressive revenue protection program using advanced metering technology (AMI) to prevent financial collapse.

On May 11, 2007, ENEE officially launched the EnergyAxis® System in San Pedro Sula, Honduras by opening a dedicated facility where ENEE uses Elster’s EnergyAxis System to analyze meter data and actively pursue reductions in non-technical losses.

Ronald B. Via, vice president of Elster Electricity, stated: “The EnergyAxis System is a standards-based advanced metering infrastructure with the power and flexibility to help address non technical losses, a problem faced by utilities all over the world. ENEE’s ability to recover revenue and begin preventing non-technical losses in such a short time demonstrates the value Elster’s AMI solutions deliver to utilities. It is no surprise that its international peers in the energy industry selected ENEE for this award. The financial results and return on investment ENEE has seen in this project are phenomenal.”  

From system launch to the first week of September, ENEE has a total savings of approximately US$14.5 million through recovery of lost revenue and operational savings. Reductions in non-technical losses nationwide account for $12 million of the total savings. Another $1.2 million was saved on site checks done previous to meter deployments. ENEE also collected $368,000 from customers who were tampering with meters, and the tampering activity was detected through EnergyAxis metering automation server (MAS) alarms.  

ENEE has performed about 3096 service disconnections and 3016 service connections remotely from its facility in San Pedro Sula. The remote connect and disconnect operations account for approximately $1 million in operational savings, collections, and connection fees.

The EnergyAxis System enables users to monitor service points for anomalies in energy usage patterns which could indicate non-technical losses or tampering. On service points that have an optional service control switch, service can be remotely disconnected or connected from the monitoring facility.