St Kitts smart meter rollout

St Kitts and Nevis smart meter consumer campaignIn the West Indies, local electrical utility St Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC) has given the green light to a smart meter rollout following a successful pilot earlier this year.

SKELEC’s public relations officer Gawain Fraites told local radio station WinnFm that it will continue to roll out smart meters from this month beyond an initial sample of 500 homes in four areas of the island.

Mr Fraites said in an interview that the national utility had “got the results they needed” from the pilot, which took place in May 2014.

SKELEC is using Landis+Gyr modules using broadband communication to data concentrators as part of an end-to-end programme that includes the implementation of smart meters and smart grid technology.

Customer engagement

In a move to reassure customers about the new technology, SKELEC has assembled a Smart Meter Implementation Team and created a cartoon character called ‘Smarty’ as a mascot.

The installation of smart metering and smart grid technology is part of a Ministry of Energy drive to upgrade electrical service to residents of St Kitts.

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