Bissau, Guinea-Bissau --- (METERING.COM) --- March 8, 2012 - Electricidade e Agua da Guinee Bissau (EAGB), the national power and water utility in Guinea-Bissau, has completed the implementation of Itron’s electricity prepayment technology.

The deployment is part of the Emergency Electricity and Water Rehabilitation Project, which was launched in 2008 by the World Bank with the objective to assist the government with restoring its electricity and water network and improving the current supply services in its capital city, Bissau.

With the prepayment solution all consumers have full control over their electricity accounts, enhancing the utility’s operations and revenue stream.

“We are delighted with this solution, and are opening six points of sale to greatly improve electricity access and control for our customers,” stated Alexandre Sampaio e Melo, general director of EAGB. “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.”

Targets of the rehabilitation project are to increase the bill collection rate to over 80 percent and to reduce the distribution losses below 10 percent. Other elements of the project include funding 5 MW of generation capacity, and piloting biomass-based power generation.

Itron’s solution includes prepayment meters, as well as the associated meter data management software and vending system to collect and store meter data.