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Itron Supplies Smart Payment Solution in Guinea-Bissau

08 Mar 2012

Electricidade e Agua da Guinee Bissau (EAGB), the national power and water utility in Guinea-Bissau, has completed implementing Itron’s electricity prepayment technology. The deployment is part of the Emergency Electricity and Water Rehabilitation Project that was launched in 2008 by the World Bank. Itron’s solution enables consumers to have complete control over their electricity accounts and enhances the utility’s operations and revenue stream.

The goal of the Emergency Electricity and Water Rehabilitation Project is to assist the Guinea-Bissau government with restoring its electricity and water network and improving the current supply services in Bissau, its capital city. The electricity portion of the project includes funding five megawatts and the utility will also pilot biomass-based power generation.

EAGB general director Alexandre Sampaio e Melo, says, “We are delighted with this proven solution. Using Itron’s technology, we are opening six points of sale to greatly improve electricity access and control for our customers. From an operational perspective, we expect cash-flow improvements as customers will be paying for their electricity upfront, which will eliminate delinquent accounts and decrease fraud risks.”
EAGB general director Alexandre Sampaio e Melo, says, “We are delighted with this proven solution. Using Itron’s technology, we are opening six points of sale to greatly improve electricity access and control for our customers. From an operational perspective, we expect cash-flow improvements as customers will be paying for their electricity upfront, which will eliminate delinquent accounts and decrease fraud risks.”

Itron’s prepayment metering solution is crucial to the utility’s ability to manage and optimize its electricity supply by including prepayment meters, as well as the associated meter data management software and vending system to collect and store meter data.

Remy Brill, Itron Energy Group regional vice president and managing director, notes that his company’s solution, “puts a reliable system in place that provides local communities with easy access to electricity. Our involvement with the World Bank’s rehabilitation project is rewarding because our prepayment solution puts the right infrastructure in place to manage supply and conserve resources in a region where both are critical. With the growing adoption of prepay metering, other developing countries are expected to benefit from this technology too.”

Itron provides energy and water resource management solutions for nearly 8,000 utilities around the world. For more information, visit www.itron.com.