A Strategy for Smart Meters and Smart Grids in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Subject of Study
ECRA developed a national strategy for smart meters and smart grids. Work on the plan started by determining the challenges facing the electricity industry in the Kingdom. The work included reviewing the available smart meters and smart grids technologies in order to evaluate their suitability for the Kingdom’s electricity industry and consumers.
Date of Study
The study also covered their contribution to overcoming the electricity industry’s challenges, and determining the basic functional requirements of smart meters. The main result of the study was drawing up a roadmap with clear milestones to implement the smart grid in the Kingdom.
The strategy was built to achieve four main purposes:
- Improving the reliability of the network and the quality of service, increasing the efficiency of operation and realizing.
- Better utilization of assets.
- Reducing complaints arising out of issuing the electricity bills, issuing them in a timely manner and reducing the cost.
- Of reading more than seven million meters monthly.
- Enabling the renewable energy sources and facilitating their integration into the electricity system.
- Providing additional services to consumers and increasing the efficiency and conservation of electricity consumption.
The results of the study indicated that implementation of the strategy has a high economic return resulting from direct benefits related to the transmission and distribution network operators’ initiatives. There are also indirect benefits that result from the increased efficiency of the electricity system operation due to activation of the opportunity of load shifting during peak times. This contributes to reducing the demand for increased generation capacities, saving fuels, enhancing the opportunities to export electricity to outside markets, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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