Ikeja Distribution company, now referred to as, Ikeja Electric has concluded arrangement to unveil a new dawn of customer experience in the power sector with the introduction of Smart meters designed to enhance efficient energy usage and transparent billing in real time even as it disclosed that the project would cost the company an amount totaling N21.2billion for the 300,000 meters to be issued to consumers alongside the infrastructure platform needed for the take off.
Speaking on this historic milestone during an interactive session with newsmen, the Chief Executive Officer Ikeja Electric, Mr. Abiodun Ajifowobaje said the roll out represents a remarkable step in the company’s quest for redefining service delivery in the sector.
He said This development resonates with our new spirit, new drive and new energy identity, as we strive to create value for our customers”.
Ikeja Electric’s Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) is a state-of-the-art technology that enables utilities to read, disconnect and connect meters remotely and to detect individual customer outages quickly using a wireless communications network. The Metering project will replace today’s electric meters with “next generation” electronic meter technology that improves customer service and enables customers to proactively manage their energy use and save money by participating in new programs with time differentiated rates and demand response options.
According to Ajifowobaje, the scope of the metering Project is to deploy approximately 276,084 electric meters for Ikeja Electric’s residential, commercial and industrial customers which will be implemented in phases across the network. The roll out plan will be carried out in two phases. The first phase which is the pilot phase will involve the installation of about 2,000 smart meters in already mapped out areas in all the business units of the company while the second phase will commence thereafter.
Apart from more frequently and accurate consumption information, the advanced metering system is capable of collecting a variety of other data such as power outage, restoration alerts and meter tampering data to detect theft of energy” he explained. Ajifowobaje also disclosed that the company chose to introduce smart meters because of its immense benefits to the customers as it will guarantee accurate reading without estimate as well as improved security and tamper detection on equipment.
To the customers, the issue of estimation will be totally eradicated through improved billing. The customers will also be able to track the usage of electricity and eliminate energy wastage.”
Ajifowobaje appealed to its customers to support the metering project to ensure hitch-free deployment and adopt an ownership attitude that will ensure the protection of their meters and other equipment within their localities.
Source : Independent