Kenya Power will migrate all electricity consumers to smart meters in the next five years, in a move aimed at reducing systemic losses and improving efficiency.

The company has started installing 55,000 smart meters and infrastructure, to capture data for small and medium enterprises, and 1,000 large customers who consume over 15,000 units, while residential consumers will all be migrated to the smart metering platform in the next two years.

Other initiatives the company has started to embrace to reduce system losses include border metering, involving metering of power supply to the company’s business regions and counties, to narrow down on points in the system experiencing higher losses for action. Power system losses comprise technical and commercial components. Whereas commercial losses are mainly attributed to pilferages, faulty meters and meter tampering, technical losses occur when electrical energy is dissipated in the process of transmission and distribution.

Kara: 18th May 2021