Zpryme Hosts Electricity Company of Ghana in Austin, Texas with Smart Grid Partners
Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is a state owned distribution utility that serves approximately 2.5 million customers in Ghana. Over the next three to five years ECG will be investing heavily in their infrastructure to significantly improve their grid. The African utility expects to invest $160 million USD annually over the next three to five years.
Delegates from ECG, including Mr. Daniel Opoku, Divisional Manager of Metering and Technical Services, Mr. Michael Kwasi Owusu, Manager of Technical Services, and Enoch Kofi Arko, Metering Lab Supervisor, are participating in a two week “Smart Grid Research and Information Exchange” hosted by Zpryme with participating organizations: Austin Energy, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, ERCOT, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, City of San Marcos Electric Utility, Proximetry, Texas Public Utilities Commission, and SMART Modular Technologies. Through workshops and tours participating Texas organizations are providing direct input into major smart grid and metering architecture designs and deployment challenges to ECG. “ECG is delighted to be part of the “Smart Grid Research and Information Exchange,” said Mr. Daniel Opoku, ECG Divisional Manager of Metering and Technical Services. “My colleagues can return to Ghana with key information about how to apply U.S. smart grid and smart meter best practices to our existing electrical infrastructure.”
Zpryme CEO Jason S. Rodriguez, who has been tasked as the delegate liaison and championing the much anticipated ETS, said “given that Central Texas is a global leader when it comes to grid transformation and clean technology adoption, the goal is to see what (smart grid technologies) work best here in Texas. Zpryme wants the Ghanese delegates to walk away with not only a strong understanding of next generation grid and metering technologies, but also reinforce Austin as the new energy intersection.”
“I am pleased to meet with and exchange ideas with my colleagues at the Electricity Company of Ghana. In many ways, the success of ECG represents the future of electricity; efficient grids, renewable energy sources, and affordability to support their country’s prosperity and economic growth,” said Karl Popham, Emerging Technologies Manager at Austin Energy.
“The Austin Chamber is excited to host the delegation from the Electricity Company of Ghana to exchange ideas and share best practices on energy efficiency, smart grid, and renewable energy programs. The work that ECG is doing is helping to deliver clean and reliable energy to the citizens of Ghana, and the cleantech innovation taking place in Austin with Austin Energy, UT Austin, and Pecan Street will serve as a model for ECG’s future smart grid infrastructure investments,” said Jose Beceiro, Director of Clean Energy, Economic Development at Austin Chamber of Commerce.
“It is exciting to see the vision and desire from the Electricity Company of Ghana officials to build a world class Smart Grid in Africa. I am delighted to have the privilege to share my pioneering experiences since 2003 and how Proximetry’s AirSync enables the realization of advanced smart grids at a fraction of the cost for utilities across the globe,” said Andres Carvallo, EVP Energy Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer at Proximetry.
“We are pleased and honored to host the Electric Company of Ghana to Bluebonnet’s headquarters,” said Mark Rose, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s general manager. “We look forward to sharing our knowledge about smart grid technology and learning more about their electric grid and market.”
“The delegation from Ghana is the latest among grid operators and energy market professionals around the world who keep a watchful eye on how ERCOT developed and continues to maintain a world-class competitive electric market. As the ERCOT market evolves and incorporates new technologies like the smart grid, we are happy to share our experiences and learn from others,” said Ted Hailu, ERCOT Director of Client Services.
“We admire ECG’s diligence in understanding today’s advanced metering technology; solutions available to metering companies and designed to promote a favorable user experience while cultivating consumer integrity, increasing quality and retrieval of deployed meter information, and improving meter lifetime accuracy and efficiency,” said Scott Emley, Vice President and General Manager at SMART Modular Technologies.
In addition to the smart grid workshops and tours this week, ECG will receive a warm introduction from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce with Jose Beceiro, Director of Clean Energy at The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, followed by grid advisory from Andres Carvallo, EVP Energy Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer at Proximetry.