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Smart metering system will be introduced from next year with the purpose of relieving electricity grids and reducing distribution grid expansion, Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said yesterday.

Smart meters equipped with high technology to be manufactured by the ANTE LECO Metering Company with funds from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Ministry expects the demand management of electricity, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera said.

Addressing a press conference, the Deputy Minister said the smart metering system would cover the Western Province in the next two years and the whole country within next five years.

“The service of the meter readers would be unnecessary as a result of smart meters which can be operated by the consumers, therefore those who are working as meter readers would be given alternative jobs in the ministry,” he said.

A smart meter is usually an electronic device that records consumption of electric energy according to the manual operating system which would be fixed by the ministry, so that the charges would be different during peak hour and off peak hours.

The Ministry expects the demand for electricity would be managed by the consumers considering the differentiation of charges. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Eng. M.V.R.Perera Saturday, 02 April 2016 02:15 PM

    Why are we reducing our jobs to give jobs to developing countries who manufacture the parts and Leco only assembles them each meter may costs about 15000 Rs.are we not burden enough by this SLFP power minister to do any power management the house hold should have a 3 Kw invert er and battery of about 9 Kwh with a high charging charger to charged 9 Kwh in 5 hours which may cost about 500,000 as such there will be maintenance, interest and depreciation cost.

    Consumer Saturday, 02 April 2016 02:52 PM

    Hope this is not a ruse to burden the consumer . via DM Android App

    Ram Saturday, 02 April 2016 03:24 PM

    If the govt. strictly impose solar power system to every building we can save a lot. For new construction of building approval of plans should be permitted permitted with solar system only.


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