Jordan set to explore smart grid upgrades
US Trade and Development Agency provides smart grid studies funding
Jordan is preparing to explore smart grid upgrades across its electricity network after the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded grants for feasibility studies. The funding will help the Electricity Distribution Company (EDCO), Irbid District Electricity Company (IDECO) and the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO) to explore smart grid options for their networks. Part of the studies will involve an analysis of the United States' smart grid technologies and expertise, and will also consider energy efficiency and system management.
US ambassador to Jordan Stuart Jones said of the studies, "these grants demonstrate the commitment of the US government and Jordanian private sector to work together to improve Jordan's energy infrastructure and decrease reliance on imported energy resources". The grants have a combined value of over US $1 million.
The studies are intended to include plans for a smart metering implementation across the grid, and are part of the Jordanian government's plan to improve grid reliability whilst reducing costs.