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March 14, 2019

Smart Grid Integration Testing Lab opens at Wapda House


March 14, 2019

LAHORE: U.S. Consul General in Lahore Colleen Crenwelge on Wednesday inaugurated the state-of-the-art U.S.-funded Smart Grid Integration Testing Lab at Wapda House.

The lab will allow the Pakistan Information Technology Company (PITC) to monitor electricity consumption through smart meters and a single software system, improving access to reliable and affordable electricity for everyone.

“The new lab will help PITC and distribution companies monitor consumers’ real-time electricity needs, ensure electricity is delivered where and when it is needed, and guarantee that electricity bills are accurate and fair,” US Consul General Crenwelge said.

USAID’s Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP) project funded the lab which includes new computer equipment and electricity metering software. The system utilises data from smart meters installed at homes and businesses across Pakistan. Smart meters collect more accurate information than traditional meters and allow distribution companies to satisfy customers’ real-time electricity demands, increase transparency and accuracy in the billing process, and reduce electricity theft and opportunities for graft.

Ministry of Energy (Power Division) Additional Secretary, Munir Azam said, “This solution designed and developed by USAID’s SEP project will facilitate distribution companies’ cost-effective deployment of smart meters, increase their market access and help mobilise investment.”

The United States and Pakistan have been partnered since the 1960s to improve access to reliable, affordable electricity in Pakistan. USAID provides technical and financial assistance to streamline operations at electricity distribution companies, ramp up private investment in the energy sector and help the Pakistani government plan for future needs.

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