In Nigeria, a recent announcement was made by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for an additional 80,000 meters to be installed for free under its meter rollout initiative.
According to AEDC’s managing director, Ernest Mupwaya, these meters are in addition to the currently installed 57,000 meters through the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation, Today Nigeria reported.
Meter rollout plans
The disco has already secured a contract for the supply of 30,000 meters earlier this year, the MD confirmed.
He added that the procurement of the balance was currently being finalised.
Commonly known for its efficient measurement of energy consumption – assisting in energy efficient behaviours – as well as revenue protection, Mupwaya highlighted the benefits of implementing these systems.
“The metering approach is good because it helps us in calculating how we distribute energy.
“Overall, metering is one of the biggest investments we have made in the transformation of our business,” he said.
He noted that the company has seen a turn-around in its revenue generation through employing modern billing technology.
Bolstering efforts across supply chain
Like many utilities across the continent, Mupwaya noted the disco’s challenges with theft and vandalism of its infrastructure assets, which are being managed through close work with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Today Nigeria reported.
In addition to curbing criminal activity, media reported that the company has installed 348 transformers and have installed infrared cameras to detect hot spots in the network.
Enugu Disco deploys meters
In March this year, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and Ecobank Nigeria Limited announced that they have partnered to deploy prepaid meters to electricity consumers in Nigeria.
The meter rollout is being facilitated by the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) scheme.
According to EEDC, they are offering two types of meters including: a single phase smart meter with a split unit, which goes for N39,375 ($124) and a 3-phase smart meter with a split unit, which goes for N68,901 ($216). These costs are inclusive of installation cost.
“The cost of acquiring the meter and meter box (N30,100 [$95] for single phase and N55,720 [$175] for 3-Phase) will be paid back to the customers in the form of energy recharge, over a period of 36 months, at 12% interest rate.
“However, customers are expected to vend at least once a month, while energy (pay back) will be credited monthly,” the distribution company concluded in a statement at the time.”