Over the years, USAID has been providing technical and financial assistance to rationalize operations at electricity distribution companies, incline private investment in the energy sector, and help the Pakistani government plan for outlook needs.
Recently, the US-funded Smart Grid Integration Testing Lab was inaugurated by the US Consul General Colleen Crenwelge at WAPDA House under the USAID’s Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP) project.
With the help of the newly established lab, the Pakistan Information Technology Company (PITC) will be able to monitor electricity consumption through smart meters and solitary software system that will give access to reliable, affordable electricity across Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, the Consul General Crenwelge said, “The new lab will help PITC and distribution companies monitor consumers’ real-time electricity needs, ensure electricity is delivered where and when it is needed, and guarantee that electricity bills are accurate and fair, Customers should see better service and cheaper electricity in the long run.”
Munir Azam Additional Secretary, Ministry of Energy (Power Division) added, “This solution intended and developed by USAID’s SEP project that will facilitate distribution companies cost-effective deployment of smart meters, increase their market access, and help mobilize investment.”