The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has partnered with two global energy solution providers to deliver affordable power and promote efficient energy use in Ghana.
On 8 December, ECG together with Kamstrup and NURI Telecom delivered 30 000 prepaid smart meters with a built in automated reading system, to Ghana’s energy users. Kamstrup said that ‘the meters are connected with NURI Telecom’s prepaid AMR system using GPRS and Zigbee Alliance communication standards’.
What does this mean?
By installing an automated system, ECG can reduce and potentially eliminate non-technical losses by those who have been taking advantage and tampering with meters to hide their actual consumption, resulting in ECG loosing large amounts in revenue.
‘ECG will be able to monitor the meters in the field and detect possible fraud at an early stage. Moreover the introduction of prepaid meters meets the challenge with customers not paying their debt, which has been an enormous problem for ECG’, Kamstrup said.
Ghana’s energy future
Michael Owusu from Metering and Technical Services of ECG is optimistic about the new opportunities which the system will bring.
‘The disconnection function is a great advantage, and we trust that the investment will bring us many savings on a daily basis, but most importantly it will lead to a more efficient business as failures and revenue losses are reduced.
‘We need to make this investment to ensure decreasing energy losses over the next coming years, where we are expected to reduce losses from 23,5 % to 15 %. We believe smart meters and metering systems will take us a big step forward on the road’, Owusu said.
Consumers will now be able to track and monitor their energy consumption on a daily basis, saving them money and teaching them how to be more energy efficient.
‘By giving more detailed information about their consumption, we see that our customers are more aware of how and when they use energy, and this is resulting in a reduction of the energy usage’, Owusu added.