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Smart meters prove successful in Botswana

16 February 2010 – The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has been running a hot water load control pilot with 466 smart meters installed in Gaborone, which is expected to lead to a national rollout to four major towns.

Under the project, BPC is aiming to save 40 MW through remotely switching off and on customers’ hot water heaters, in particular during the peak demand periods. The company will also be able to remotely disconnect and reconnect supply, and is understood to be considering offering a prepaid option.

According to a local newspaper, BPC officials were quoted as saying that the meters were working as expected and no malfunctions had been recorded, and that the backbone infrastructure had been installed and commissioned.

The report said the BPC was continuing to rollout the meters in Gaborone, the country’s capital, and that by the end of the years the meters would be installed throughout the city, as well as in Francistown, Selebi-Phikwe, Lobatse and Jwaneng. Customers being targeted are residential and small businesses.

Customers were also being requested to give feedback to the company on the performance of the meters.