Lebanese authorities are trying out smart-metering technology from Itron as part of efforts to improve the country’s energy distribution network.
State electricity utility Electricite du Liban and distribution service provider KVA anticipate deploying more than 1.2 million smart meters across Lebanon – in what would be the largest smart-metering deployment in the Middle East so far – should a pilot prove successful.
KVA says it began testing Itron’s (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) managed solution – which includes the provision of smart meters plus connectivity and data collection services – in July 2013 in the Beirut and Bekaa valley regions.
Energy management is a critical issue in Lebanon because energy needs outweigh production capacity.
Moreover, inefficiencies in the current system are costing millions of dollars a year, says Itron.
EDL hopes the introduction of smart metering will help it to reduce operating costs and improve revenue collection.
“Itron’s knowledge of the region and strong understanding of smart-metering technology has made them a valuable contributor to this pilot,” said Antoine Safi, managing director at KVA. “Itron is delivering its technologies and services on schedule and with great technical expertise.”
“This technology is of utmost importance for Lebanon to reduce energy losses and more effectively manage energy resources,” he added.
Itron says the pilot program is a “critical first step” in helping EDL to more efficiently deliver energy resources.
“The insight provided by Itron’s solution is helping the utility better understand how and when energy is being used without requiring in-person meter reading,” said Remy Brill, Itron’s senior vice president of sales, marketing and delivery for electricity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “We look forward to the possibility of supporting EDL on an even larger-scale implementation.”