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The technical challenges of managing a smart grid and ensuring that no kWh is wasted starts with utilities, the private sector and municipal departments joining forces, explains Matsotso Vuso and Chris Vuso from metering services company Nyamezela Metering.

Municipalities and utilities need to make sure their technical departments are equipped with well-versed or trained professionals to keep pace with rapid changes in technologies, said Chris, the firm’s technical director.

He urged municipalities and utilities to work in close collaboration with businesses as this will enable a clear identification of the technologies to adopt. These new business models and solutions will help the optimisation of grid operations.

“Collaborating with businesses will help municipalities to improve revenue management and address meter tampering.”

In developing self-healing grids, he urged municipalities and utilities to integrate their business departments and centralise operations, for instance combining SCADA and smart metering departments.

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Chris gave credit to Eskom for providing municipalities with knowledge on its new business models and technologies since the company is the sole base load energy generator and distributor in the country.