Smart meters rollout to mitigate load shedding

Smart meters rollout to mitigate load shedding

The roll-out of smart meters, meant to mitigate load shedding and reduce meter-reading costs, among other things by Johannesburg's City Power is gathering speed the City of Johannesburg said.

More than 60 000 smart meters, also known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) units, have already been installed in areas where domestic customers consume 1 000 KWH and above a month, City of Johannesburg said in a statement.

According to them, the target is to install 70 000 smart meters by the beginning of June this year and 150 000 by the end of September at no cost to customers.

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau recently announced the introduction of an innovative system that would use smart meters to lessen the impact of load shedding and help keep the lights on. Tau said residents in households where smart meters had been installed would receive an SMS on their phones advising them to reduce power consumption at a particular time.

It will be up to you to switch off those electrical appliances that you dont need. If you ignore the signal, your power will trip for 30 seconds and will switch on again. If you continue ignoring the warning signal, the power will switch off completely, Tau said.

The power will remain switched off until the load shedding period has lapsed.

Source: The New Age

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