Ministry of Mines and Energy. Bogota D.C. June 13th, 2018. The Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), carried out a Workshop on ‘Smart Measurement: Experiences for Implementation' which involved an exchange of knowledge and guidelines on Advanced Measurement as seen in the United States of America and other countries.
"This event has helped us to share positive and negative experiences from other countries and find relevant information that will bring us closer to the final implementation of an advanced measurement infrastructure that will best suit the needs and opportunities available in Colombia," said the Vice-Minister of Energy, Alonso Cardona.
The event included the following topics: what is advanced measurement equipment, the state of the industry worldwide, the current Colombian context and the implementation of this technology inside the country.
In addition, Cardona Delgado underlined that this is one of the main achievements by the current Administration: by 2030, 95% of the urban population nationwide will already have Advanced Measurement, which will empower users in order to make the best decisions for guaranteeing a better quality of service, better prices and greater competition as well as providing tools for more efficient energy usage as required for the sake of fulfilling the demands of a higher quality of life.
This workshop included experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Unites States, the Nevada Energy Company, the Industrial Services Company KD Johnson INC, the Northeast Group LLC, Itron Latin America, Colombia Inteligente and the Office of the Superintendent for Public Utility Services as well as the Ministry of Mines and Energy.