In Kenya, an estimated 80% of large power users have been connected to outdoor meters as state-owned utility, Kenya Power, expands technological adoption to boost energy efficiency.

According to the utility, the outdoor metering project involves the installation of smart meters atop a pole to ease access by Kenya Power staff and reduce disturbance to customers during reading and inspection of meters.

Outdoor metering initiative in line with national meter rollout project

Accounting for an estimated 55% of Kenya Power’s revenue, large power users are the main target of this outdoor metering project.

[quote]Around 5,600 outdoor meters will be installed near customer premises at a cost of Sh3.2 billion ($30 million), the power company said in statement, adding that 4,426 outdoor meters have been installed near customer premises to date.

Engineer Rosemary Oduor, Acting General Manager for Customer Service said: “Outdoor metering is expected to streamline operations and consequently enhance revenue collection from electricity sales.

“This technology is critical especially at this time when the company is targeting [to] increase the rate of electrification in the country to achieve universal access by 2020.”

Supporting a reliable power supply

“Smart meters support two way communication between Kenya Power and the meters making it possible to carry out real time monitoring of energy consumption, hence detecting when any anomaly in supply occurs,” the company said.

Kenya Power added that the technology enables remote meter reading as well as the ability to disconnect and reconnect remotely in the event of non-payment, reducing the need for sending technicians to site.

Oduor explained: “We introduced a smart metering technology solution to enhance revenue protection and customer satisfaction. In addition to generating automatic surveillance alerts, smart metering enables remote meter reading, time of use tariff functionality, disconnections and reconnections of supply to customers.”