Sarawak Energy to introduce its smart meters at Kpg Gita with a bit of fanfare

Sarawak Energy vice-president (Retail) Yusri Safri (centre) in a group photo with Fazzruddin (back row, sixth from right) and Kampung Gita community leaders after the Smart Meter Pilot Project first engagement on April 3, 2019.

KUCHING, April 15: Sarawak Energy Berhad will be launching its Smart Meters Pilot Project here by holding a mini carnival at Kampung Gita’s Dewan Masyarakat from 9am to 5pm on April 20.

A press release from Sarawak Energy said the carnival aimed to inform the community on the pilot project taking place in their neighbourhood and to share information regarding the project so that the community understood the benefits of smart meters as well as the meter installation process and its implementation.

“Members of the public, especially those from Kampung Gita, are invited to attend to get first-hand information on smart meters and its benefits,” it said.

Sarawak Energy said under the pilot project, Kampung Gita had been identified as the pioneer implementation area with 1,700 meters to be installed with smart meters starting from May.

This would be followed by Tabuan Jaya Baru/Tabuan Laru and Jalan Kempas, with a target of 6,000 smart meters installed by the end of the year.

Sarawak Energy highlighted that the smart meters were meters equipped with advanced metering features for more efficient electricity supply monitoring and reading.

Its advantages include (1) remote meter reading — meter readers are no longer required to physically go to customers’ premises, (2) billing will be actual and prompt, doing away with estimated meter readings, (3) customers will be empowered and can monitor their own electricity consumption through SEB cares mobile application to manage their electricity usage for more efficiency, (4) immediate and direct outage alerts ensure customers are informed for faster restoration by Sarawak Energy.

On April 3, the first engagement on the pilot project was made with Kampung Gita community leaders and Tupong assemblyman Fazzruddin Abdul Rahman to brief them and to get their feedback and support to ensure smooth implementation of the project.

Sarawak Energy revealed that the engagement received positive feedback and the community leaders would be working together with Sarawak Energy to ensure the success of the carnival.

Aside from the smart meter booth, Sarawak Energy would also be promoting its retail services, which includes SEB Cares mobile app, Customer Care Centre and customer support services other than public safety awareness exhibition as part of its continuous engagement and educational programmes.

The mini carnival would also offer fun activities, including a colouring contest for kids between four and eight years old, a play area and prizes for lucky draws and quizzes as well as mystery gifts for smart meter survey participants.

All day entertainment would include famous singer/comedian/emcee Iwan Dasri and a special appearance by YouTube comedian sensation Makcik Bawang Cempiyennn (MBC) in the afternoon. Sarawak Energy will also feature its very own talents. — DayakDaily