PETALING JAYA: Consumers will soon have access to real-time information on their power usage, pattern and disruptions – thanks to the smart meter.
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) plans to deploy its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to 8.5 million customers in the country.
Its president/CEO Datuk Seri Azman Mohd said the initiative was part of the company’s goal to achieve energy sustainability and security.
He said a pilot project had been carried out to understand the technological, regulatory and customer challenges.
“We will expand the AMI on a larger scale in the near future,” he said at the Association of Electricity Supply Industry of East Asia and the Western Pacific (AESIEAP) Chief Executive Officer Conference held in Thailand on Monday.
Azman said many countries in the Asia Pacific, such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea, were already deploying smart meters on a large scale to take advantage of their capabilities in grid control and monitoring.
It was reported that a pilot project launched in Malacca in October 2014 was deemed successful.
The AMI system, which has been installed in about 180 million homes around the world, promises to offer flexible tariffs and prevent power theft.
It will allow the utility company to automatically disconnect supply if bills are defaulted and also do away with the need for meter readers to make house visits.
AESIEAP, formed in 1975, serves to foster cooperation and exchange of expertise and technology in the power supply industry.