Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has launched an integrated network improvement programme aimed at upgrading the utility’s mapping and metering system.

The programme includes the implementation of a GIS system , which will pave the way for a smart meter rollout project in five states in the eastern part of the country.

Eugene Aniowo, EEDC’s Principal Communication Manager, said the GIS programme will provide a digital map that will be used to develop a comprehensive addressing system, with the postcodes of the entire South-east region.

The system will also identify and provide a record of assets and consumers within the EEDC network in Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo and Abia.

EEDC will install smart meters to points detected by the GIS system, Metering & Smart Energy International has learnt, as well as provide benefit to the region’s navigational system and enhance security through the tracking of criminals.

Meanwhile, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has urged consumers to utilize the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) scheme to install smart meters on their premises ahead of a wider scale roll-out.

The aim of CAPMI is to act  as a stop-gap measure prior to the smart metering programme supposed to meter all EKEDC customers by 2018.

Oladele Amoda, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer,  EKEDC, said the CAPMI programme allows customers to pay upfront for the meter and installation, and receive a refund through their electricity bills.

Maureen Nzeogu
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