July 18, 2018, 11:47 pm
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Meralco showcases advanced metering infrastructure system

Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) officials led by Chairman Jose Vicente B. Salazar recently witnessed Meralco’s successful demonstration of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. 

AMI is an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks and data management systems that enables two-way communication between utilities and customers.The system will enable Meralco to determine what is happening in its electric grid, quickly respond to events, and restore power swiftly.

During the event, Meralco officials demonstrated the basic AMI capabilities in delivering the minimum functionalities which include Remote Reading, Remote Disconnect/Reconnect, Outage Detection, Meter Irregularity Detection, and Consumption Notification.

“With AMI, Meralco customers can see their consumption on a daily basis so they can manage their expenses,” Meralco chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said. “Meralco is also able to automate its network, making us more responsive to customer needs, providing restoration estimates better.”

Following ERC’s release of AMI rules last June, Meralco will now file its own AMI implementation proposal. Part of this AMI proposal is its prepaid electricity service, which now has over 30,000 customers and is set for expansion in Makati, Mandaluyong, and Pasig. 

Meralco’s demonstration of its AMI functionalities provides assurance to the ERC of the distribution utility’s capability to comply with the AMI rules laid out by the regulatory body.

Chair Salazar recognized Meralco’s preparations for the AMI rollout, pointing out that ERC and Meralco share a desire to go beyondsatisfying the customers’ basic energy needs by introducing innovations that provide a richer, enhanced customer experience.
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