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Smart Grid Integration Testing Lab inaugurated

Balochistan Times

U.S Consul General Colleen Crenwelge on Wednesday inaugurated a new state of the art US funded Smart Grid Integration Testing Lab at Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) House.

According to a press release issued here, she said lab would allow the Pakistan Information Technology Company (PITC) to monitor electricity consumption through smart meters and a single software system, which would improve access to reliable, affordable electricity for everyone.

"The new lab will help PITC and distribution companies monitor consumers' real-lime electricity needs, ensure electricity is delivered where and when it is needed, and guarantee that electricity bills are accurate and fair," Consul General Crenwelge added.

She said USAID's Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP) project funded the lab, which included new computer equipment and electricity metering software and the system utilized data from smart meters installed at homes and businesses across Pakistan.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Energy (Power Division), Munir Azam said, "This solution designed and developed by USAID's SEP project will facilitate distribution companies' cost-effective deployment of smart meters, increase their market access, and help mobilize investment."

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