The rise of smart metering technology has gained widespread attention in recent years. Utilities have embraced the innovation with open arms, investing millions in large-scale implementation projects meant to catalyze the growth of a nationwide smart grid. Utilities have proven capable partners in these efforts.
As part of the rollout of smart meters in Malaysia, Tenaga Nasional Berhad hosted the HAPUA WG5 Workshop on Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) – Smart Meters from 14-15 January 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.
The workshop was design to assist utilities to assess the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) – Smart Meter projects carried out in various parts of the world. The engagement with stakeholders who play a big role in the success or failures of these rollouts was also deliberated in detail. Business case especially with respect to the framework of electricity industry in the region was discussed and simple cost benefit analysis was conducted. Various success stories and failures was also shared with the participants. A total of 23 delegates from DES Brunei, PLN & ICON+ of Indonesia, NGCP of Philippines, SP Powergrid Ltd of Singapore, PEA of Thailand, EVN & Central Power Corporation of Vietnam, Sarawak Energy Berhad and Tenaga Nasional Berhad of Malaysia attended the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Dato’ Mohandass S. Nair of Tenaga Nasional Berhad.
Among the key resolution of the workshop:
“Suggest to continue interactions within this HAPUA AMI Smart Meter by having annual meeting/training + sharing sessions. Future topics to consider to include roll-out challenges + solutions, new technology (NBIOT), use of smart meter data and beyond smart metering capabilities.”