ISLAMABAD : Federal Minister for Power Division, Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari has directed the head of the power companies to ensure meter reading and issuance of accurate bills to the consumers.
He issued the directions in a review meeting attended by the officials of the Power Division, PEPCO, PITC, AEDB and other concerned organizations here on Thursday.
The Minister Power Division directed to issue final warning and show cause to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peshawar Electric Company (PESCO), Mr. Shabbir Ahmed on non-compliance of directions regarding accurate meter reading and consumer billing.
Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari directed to issue show caused notices to CEOs of SEPCO, HESCO and QUESCO for poor performance regarding accurate mobile meter reading and directed them to fix responsibilities on the poorest five performing sub division officers under the existing rules.
The Federal Minister appreciated CEOs of FESCO and MEPCO for achieving 99% accuracy in mobile meter reading.
The Federal Minister also directed to issue displeasure to CEOs of QUESCO and SPECO for not displaying load and other related information for facilitation of Net Metering on their websites.
Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari directed that 100% meter reading for Agriculture tube well in MEPCO region from this month i.e. November 2017 shall be through Automated Meter Information to ensure 100% accuracy. There are 43000 AMI meters already installed in MEPCO region for agricultural tube wells.
It was further directed that SMS must be sent to the agricultural consumers regarding the meter reading in time so that they should have complete record of their energy consumption.
The Federal Minister for Power Division directed that SMS service for consumers for dissemination of information regarding meter reading, bill and electricity related matters be initiated in all DISCOs on the pattern of IESCO’s Roshni services.
Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari directed to develop a smart phone application for consumers which can help them to get information regarding load management, shut down etc of their respective feeders besides their own electricity bills.
The Federal Minister was informed that the AEDB and the PEPCO are working closely for promotion of net metering in the country. It was informed that Distribution companies have uploaded necessary information regarding feeder load etc necessary for installation of net metering. The AEDB has already issued advertisement for short listing of vendors for provision of services regarding installation of net meters. The DICSOs have also notified designated officers for facilitation of net metering upto 250KV and NEPRA has also sought proposal/ comments on new regulations proposed by the Power Division.
The Minister was informed that after analysis of the first batch of the Distribution companies for meter reading the the FESCO has been able to produce 99%, MEPCO 99%, LESCO 99%, GEPCO 98%, IESCO 98 %, HESCO 78%, SEPCO 54%, QUESCO 55% accuracy. However PESCO failed to share its data in the stipulated time.
The Minister was informed that all DISCOs have initiated publicity campaign to register the mobile numbers of consumers for sending SMS alerts regarding the meter reading and generation bills. He was informed that till mid of next month the process is expected to be completed.
The Minister was briefed that DISCOs are also working to put in place transparent and consumer friendly services for provision of new electricity connections. The system will be centrally connected with IT based solutions and the consumers will be getting information via SMS regarding his application on the analogy of system developed by NADRA.
The PITC informed that as per the directions of the Minister, a Power Sector related smart phone application will be finalized by early next month.
Orignally published by INP