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Metering has to be smart and intelligent

International Workshop “Implementation of the AEM Program in Uzbekistan, and International Experience”
Begins:   Aug 21, 2012 09:00
Ends:   Aug 21, 2012 16:00

International Workshop “Implementation of the AEM Program in Uzbekistan, and International Experience took place on August 21-22, 2012, in Tashkent. The event has been prepared with the support from the World Bank.

The Workshop objective was to acknowledge the manufacturers of the intellectual meters and providers of the commercial management systems with the nationwide Advanced Electricity Metering (AEM) Program in Uzbekistan, architecture of particular projects in the country funded by the development banks, their procurement strategy, as well as share their international experience in building smart metering systems.

Donor agencies active in energy sector, international companies and companies from Belarus, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and United States took part in the workshop. Uzbekistani experts from “Uzbekenergo” subdivisions and scientific institutions also participated in the event.

The Chairman of the State Joint Stock Company “Uzbekenergo” Batir Teshabaev opened the workshop. In his presentation he noted that the reduction of energy consumption and the introduction of the modern energy-saving system is a strategic priority of the country.  Uzbekistan has a potential to make its energy consumption at about 20% more effective, which accounts for more than 10 billion kWh. At the same time, the bulk of the energy losses in the system (13-15%) are the losses in distribution networks and 2.4% - in the transmission of electricity. He also noted that the implementation of a large-scale program to introduce metering will promote efficient use of electricity in Uzbekistan thus stimulating its economy.

Experience of the pilot Angren AEM project in Uzbekistan and practices of working with large industrial consumers have been then presented by the “Uzbekenergo” managers.

The workshop gave the opportunity to different producers and companies to share their experience: “KEPCO KDN”, “Elster Metronica”, “EKNIS” companies presented their international practices, “Holley Metering”, “SNITEGroup”, “Echelon” - shared their knowledge and practices in intellectual metering devices and transition from ordinary grid to smart one; international companies “Mir”, “Oracle”, “winAMR”, “SAP”, “IBM” acquainted the workshop participants with their solutions in energy sector.

On the second day of the Workshop participants visited Tashkent Electricity Distribution Company to see the future project implementing agency and current practices.

The two days of the workshop stimulated interest to the Program and provided useful sharing of information and experience for all participants.

Information on the AEM Program

The total cost of the program is more than US$ 800 million. The government of Uzbekistan and Uzbekenergo has already received the co-financing from the Asian Development Bank (US$ 150 million) for AEM system in Samarkand, Bukhara and Jizakh oblasts; and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (US$ 180 million) for AEM Project development in the capital city, and Tashkent and Syrdarya oblasts. The preparation of the project for Karakalpakstan, Navoiy, Khorazm, and Surkhandarya provinces is going on with the Islamic Development Bank.

The project financed by the IBRD will increase the collection rates of the power distribution companies, leading to the improvements of their financial viability and operational efficiencies. As a result of the project, around 1.2 million advanced meters and associated communication systems will replace the existing outdated metering; an Energy Data Management/Billing/Customer Relationship Management/Archive system will be installed for the Tashkent and Syrdarya Regions, and the centralized Energy Data Management will be installed in Tashkent city; and the capacities of the three regional distribution companies in re-engineering their procedures in meter reading, billing and collection and improving management efficiency will be enhanced.

It will also encourage electricity consumers to use electricity more efficiently by providing transparent and fair pricing signals, and information on electricity consumption. Public awareness program would be aiming at educating population on the use of energy, explaining social assistance measures for poor households, covering issues related to meters, and promoting energy saving. This will eventually reduce energy waste in the mid to long-term, which will also reduce carbon emission and benefit the environment.

A phased implementation of the automated system of accounting and control over electricity consumption (AMS) is planned for three years.

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a US$180 million loan to the Republic of Uzbekistan for Advanced Electricity Metering Project on March 27, 2012.

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