Bernard Ngugi, the Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Power, says the state-owned electricity firm is set to distribute 55,000 smart meters to customers in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
According to Ngugi, the World Bank-funded project is part of the Kenya Electricity Modernisation Project
He added that the smart meters are enhanced with the capability of detecting electricity distribution errors and alerting the distribution company.
“The combined benefits of error-free data, prompt network problem identification, and audit of energy consumption will go a long way in enhancing service delivery to our customers in the SME sector,” Ngugi said.
Kenya Power said the smart metering plan will cover 20% of the medium-sized companies supplied by the electricity power firm.
The smart meters are part of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure that facilitates two-way communication between the company and the customer.
The platform gives customers access to real-time information on their consumption patterns and billing thus allowing them to assess their energy usage through an online customer portal.
In the event of any outage, the smart-meters are able to communicate directly with the company’s National Contact Centre which facilitates immediate resolution and enhances efficiency as the Kenya Power teams are alerted promptly.
Additionally, the smart meter also sends a notification to the customer via SMS. The project covers 20% of the company’s SME customers.
The company plans to install the smart meters for all SMEs by the end of the 2023/2024 financial year.
“We believe that the advanced metering technology will further enhance customer satisfaction based on the visibility and prompt detection of power usage and also reduce technical losses which are key to ensuring reliable and quality supply of power,” Mr. Ngugi said.