Malaysia's TNB to kick off smart-grid pilot: report

Malaysian energy provider Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is reportedly about to start work on a pilot project that will investigate the use of smart-grid technology for realizing efficiency improvements.

According to a report from the Malaysian Reserve business daily, the utility will install 1,000 smart meters in Putrajaya and Malacca over a one-year period starting in June.

“Currently we are conducting preliminary studies and preparations on the scheme as to when we can announced it this June, the implementation and the monitoring part of the project will be smooth,” said Datuk Roslan Ab Rahman, TNB’s (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) chief corporate officer, as quoted by the Malaysian Reserve.

TNB also indicated that it planned to expand the smart-meter rollout nationwide if the project proves successful.

News of the smart-grid pilot followed the establishment of a partnership between TNB’s research arm and Trilliant Holdings in June 2012 aimed at developing a range of smart-grid services.

The smart-grid scheme is apparently intended to address rising energy consumption and demand for energy services, which is expected to double in the next 20 years, according to the Malaysian Reserve.

TNB’s research arm has been examining the use of smart-grid technologies with a view to introducing them on a large-scale basis.