Efficiency in Energy Consumption

In Guatemala, plans are underway to implement a smart metering system for electricity consumption, where SMEs and residential users will be integrated with small businesses.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Representatives from the Electricity Company of Guatemala (Empresa Eléctrica de Guatemala or Eegsa) announced that within the framework of studies for the New Value Added Distribution (VAD), next year they plan to install smart consumption meters with the option of prepaid payment.

The company currently has 15 thousand kilometers of low and medium voltage network, and has 1.2 million users in the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez. 

Regarding the plan, Carlos Rodas, planning manager of Eegsa, explained to Prensalibre.com that " ... One large project is intelligent measurement, for example, within the consumption curve the users are informed at what time of day they are consuming the most in order to learn how to be more efficient. There is a pilot plan and it is planned to voluntarily integrate small and medium enterprises, residential users who have small workshops, and small businesses and generalize it in 2019. "

Regarding the prepaid format, he added that " ... it would be a good option for the type of users who want to voluntarily join the plan, and who do not have the money at the end of the month to pay their bill. It will be like paying for mobile phone services, with between Q10, Q20 or the amount of energy you want. When you run out, if you do not pay, the service is cut off and reinstalled when you pay again but you don't have to pay for reconnection."

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