Kenya Power adopts outdoor metering to boost revenue collection

April 29, 2016

Nearly 80 per cent of large power consumers have been connected to outdoor meters as Kenya
Power moves to deepen use of technology to enhance efficiency.

The outdoor metering project involves installation of smart meters atop a pole to ease access by
Kenya Power staff and reduce disturbance to customers during reading and inspection of meters.

The undertaking is part of the smart metering project that will be subsequently spread to other
power consumers.

The project targets all existing large power consumers. About 5,600 outdoor meters will be
installed near customer premises at a cost of Sh3.2 billion.

Large power consumers account for about 55 per cent of Kenya Power’s revenue from electricity
sales. To date, 4,426 outdoor meters have been installed near customer premises.

“Outdoor metering is expected to streamline operations and consequently enhance revenue
collection from electricity sales. This technology is critical especially at this time when the
company is targeting increase the rate of electrification in the country to achieve universal access
by 2020,” said Engineer Rosemary Oduor, Acting General Manager for Customer Service.

Smart meters support two way communication between Kenya Power and the meters making it
possible to carry out real time monitoring of energy consumption hence detect when any
anomaly in supply occurs.

With the technology, it is also possible to read meters remotely, disconnect and reconnect remotely in the event of non-payment, reducing the need for sending technicians to site.

“We introduced a smart metering technology solution to enhance revenue protection and customer satisfaction. In addition to generating automatic surveillance alerts, smart metering enables remote meter reading, time of use tariff functionality, disconnections and reconnections of supply to customers,” said Engineer Oduor.

For more information, contact:
Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.
Tel. 3201622/30 or/47