Carl Kress,
USTDA Regional
Director
 
Amman, Jordan --- (METERING.COM) --- May 1, 2012 - Grants with a total value of more than $1 million have been awarded by the USTDA to three Jordanian electricity distribution companies to support feasibility studies and the design of smart metering implementation plans.

The three companies are the Electricity Distribution Company (EDCO), Irbid District Electricity Company (IDECO) and the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO).

The assessments will also include an analysis of the United States' advanced technologies and expertise available for improved energy efficiency, system management, and customer service.

The electricity distribution companies are sharing the cost of the studies.

“The government of Jordan has a national objective to improve electricity stability and reliability while reducing costs, and we are pleased to support that goal,” stated USTDA regional director Carl Kress.

The grants are expected to support the rollout of smart meter technologies to hundreds of thousands of Jordanian customers across the country. IDECO and EDCO operate in largely rural regions in Northwest and Southern Jordan, while JEPCO serves the densely populated Amman region.