Takuya Kamata,
World Bank Country
Manager, Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan — (METERING.COM) — April 15, 2013 – The Government of Uzbekistan and the World Bank last week signed a US$180 million loan towards the country’s advanced electricity metering project.

The project’s objective is to reduce the commercial losses of state power company Uzbekenergo’s three regional power distribution companies in Tashkent City and the Oblasts of Tashkent and Syrdarya, by improving their metering and billing infrastructure and the commercial management systems.

Under the project approximately 1.2 million advanced meters will be deployed, along with the associated communication infrastructure and meter data management systems. A centralized energy data management/billing/customer relationship management/archive system will be installed in Tashkent city, and there will also be a re-engineering of procedures and practices at the three distribution companies.

“Advanced meters and associated ‘smart’ technologies will help control energy use and will benefit both utilities and customers,” said Takuya Kamata, World Bank country manager for Uzbekistan. “A more intelligently run power grid can yield greater cost saving.”

The project is expected to increase the collection rates of the three companies, leading to the improvements in their financial viability and operational efficiencies. It should also encourage electricity consumers to use electricity more efficiently by providing transparent and fair pricing signals, and information on electricity consumption.

This project is part of a national advanced electricity metering program. The Asian Development Bank is providing financing for approximately one million advanced meters for another three regional distribution companies in Bukhara, Jizzakh and Samarkand.