Tenaga Nasional Berhad is assessing the possible introduction of a smart meter system that will allow Malaysian’s to monitor their exact electricity usage.
The new smart meter system is expected to aid Malaysian’s in using energy efficiently and to drive the idea of enhancing sustainable energy in Malaysia, as stated by TNB Distribution Division Senior General Manager, Kamaliah Abdul Kadir. The key feature of this smart meter system is its ability to track overall electricity usage through a new type of digital meter. This monitoring unit essentially allows users to track the daily electricity usage, which allows users to manage their consumption by setting up thresholds that should not be exceeded. To help with the electricity management, users are also able to monitor the electricity consumption of a specific home appliance. Thus, users will be able to control or limit the usage of certain home appliances such as a kettle, water heater or air conditioner to lower their daily electricity consumption.
The introduction of the smart meter system will also help in solving a long-standing problem between Malaysian consumers and the local electric company; bill discrepancies. The new system allows for transparency in the measuring of electricity usage, with detailed information on it provided to consumers as well as TNB. With this information readily available, there will be little room for either party to dispute when the electricity bill for the month to be issued. In short, it allows TNB to charge its consumers fairly.
The project is currently in its pilot stage, involving 85 homes in Malacca, which allows TNB to get users feedback and monitor any areas of deficiency within the system. As of now, there is still no mention if the smart meter system will be accessible over multiple platforms. Looks like we would have to wait until its launch, tentatively in 2016.