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USAID helps power distribution companies check losses

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Programme is replacing old mechanical meters and damaged meters with state-of-the-art electro-static meters in three government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs). These are Lahore Electric Supply Company, Faisalabad Electric Supply Company and Peshawar Electric Supply Company.

Electro-mechanical meters being replaced and any reusable electro-static meters will be reconnected with new service drops constructed in accordance with the technical specifications, says a statement issued by the USAID here.

The objective of this programme is to improve the commercial viability of DISCOs by improving the accuracy of the energy billed to the customers and eliminating the need to estimate bills.

Director of Field Operations for the Power Distribution Programme John Pullinger says: “The meter replacement project is a step-by-step process. The grid feeders are first surveyed and meters identified for replacement in accordance with DISCO records and approval. Replacements are fully recorded on official DISCO forms. The meters which have to be replaced are further evaluated to decide whether to install meters on walls or poles. Meters are replaced in accordance with the DISCOs technical specifications set for all subdivisions and all retired meters are given back to DISCOs for destruction after two full billing cycles.”

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