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CWG's drive for   Smarter Cities', starting with its smart metering solution in Nigeria

In an interaction with Mr. Emmanuel Ilori, Business Development Manager, Smart Utility, Corporate Development at CWG Plc, he shed more light on the journey leading to CWG's licensing as a Meter Asset Provider (MAP) by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the prospects of utilizing smart meters in the Nigerian energy industry. What is […]


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In an interaction
with Mr. Emmanuel Ilori, Business Development Manager, Smart Utility, Corporate
Development at CWG Plc, he shed more light on the journey leading to CWG's licensing
as a Meter Asset Provider (MAP) by the National Electricity Regulatory
Commission (NERC) and the prospects of utilizing smart meters in the Nigerian
energy industry.





What is the role
of CWG Plc in the Nigerian energy sector?





Let me start from the angle of the MAP (Meter Asset Provider); prior to now, what was obtainable within the electricity industry, DISCOs were solely responsible for providing meters to customers with huge gaps of unfulfilled demands. These gaps were due to unavailability of the meters, despite customer payments which left the industry with a deficit of a conservative estimate of over five million meters. Reviewing this huge gap, the Electricity Regulator identified the need to bring in Private support; similar to what the Telcos; thus, leading to the licensing of competent organizations, like CWG Plc; charged to handle the entire value chain operations of metering supply. The scope of which is not limited to procurement, but involves the entire gamut of metering supply for more efficiency, control, monitoring and accountability.





What
is the next step, now that you have the Meter Asset Provider approval for
Ibadan?





Ibadan
electric is a huge project that will span about 3 years to completion, giving
the metering gap in excess of one million, shared across the 7 approved MAPs. Hence,
the next step is to pursue full implementation and ensure successful project
completion.





Do private Estates
have access to these meters?





Estates
will fall into the retail aspect of the business and we focus mainly on Residential
Estates who are Maximum Demand Customers to the DISCOs. CWG cannot deploy
meters directly to individuals, but we can work with an Estate that has the
capacity to serves as a Maximum Demand Customer to a DISCO.





Can you
expatiate more on who Maximum Demand Customers are?





Maximum
Demand Customers (MDC) are a customer category with the Discos that have their
own centralized transformer and are not co-sharing a transformer with the general
public. An MDC may have 10-20 units to a block of and be rated as an MDC to the
Disco. This CWG solution is a smart utility system, which serves as a lifestyle
improvement system for occupants' energy consumption irrespective of location.





How will these
efforts impact rural electrification?





The
plan is all encompassing, as no customer segment is expected to be left out of
this initiative. Irrespective of where you are; rural or urban communities; all
that is required of a customer, is a connection to the National grid, attached
to a Disco. The regulation already provides for such customers to be metered
once they have consented to the T&C of the meter procurement.





So, does this
mean NERC, oversees the functionality of the National Grid?





Yes,
the National Grid is overseen by NERC in collaboration with some other regulatory/partnering
entities, the Transmission company of Nigeria and the DISCOs. However, the umbrella
body, the Ministry of Power, ensures each has clearly designated functions and
roles.





CWG
has since deployed the smart metering solution to the SURA Complex and is on
the lookout to support mostly rural communities where there are deficiencies in
the operations of the national grid. This goes inline with the overall
objective of the CWG mission of deploying technology solutions that enable
growth.


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