of FAHAM in Mashhad County as a pioneer region in employing smart electricity
meters as well as smart energy management was nominated for global green
project award 2017 in annual competitions handled by European Association for
Green Management (EAGM). Accordingly, it was assessed from the viewpoint of
Environmental, Accounting, Social and Technical (EAST) criteria.
Mashhad electricity distribution company (MEDC) is one
of the pilot distribution companies for implementing FAHAM project which has
achieved valuable results subsequent to employing smart meters and intelligent
load management. In accordance with starting FAHAM project in five Iranian
electricity distribution companies as pilot regions, MEDC started it in April
2015 profiting from a five-year experience in AMI execution. It was planned to
install 2000 smart meters and employing smart application systems in each
region according to the FAHAM project. MEDC is the first distribution company
that has accomplished the execution of it. In 28 December 2015, the efficiency
and operation tests of FAHAM for the group of 2000 smart meters were
successfully fulfilled by Iran Energy Efficiency Organization (IEEO) and
Monenco Iran Consulting Engineers Company. In accordance with this project, 488,
592, 120 and 800 smart meters has been installed for primary voltage large
customers, secondary voltage large customers, three-phase small customers and
single-phase small customers, respectively. Regarding other smart meters
employed by MEDC except FAHAM requirements, near 21000 smart meters are
operating in Mashhad County at present, which register 40% of energy
consumption in this region.
Utilizing smart meters and performing smart load
management by the means of read electricity consumption data (even in 15
minutes-long period) have resulted in noticeable achievements for MEDC and its
Connection of MEDC’s electricity billing system to the
system of smart meters management was established in 2012. Now, customers
equipped with smart meters are able to follow their daily electricity
consumption data and receive related bills in desired dates.
has made it possible to precisely read input/output energy data and calculate
electric energy loss. Through implementing FAHAM project, MEDC succeeded to
reduce the electricity loss from 8.2% in 2015 to 6.8% in 2016 resulting in
84000 MWh energy saving in a year.
AMI system executed in FAHAM project is able to detect
any falsification of electricity meters. Opening the cover of meter terminal or
meter’s frame and exposing intensive magnetic field are some kinds of meter
falsification which would be detected by means of FAHAM devices.
Measuring power quality indices including power factor,
THD, voltage violations and phase current imbalances is the other benefit of
smart load management system attained in MEDC.
Furthermore, the capacity of online reading the
generation data related to distributed generators is an advantage of
implementing FAHAM project in MEDC.
One of the main achievements of smart distribution
systems is monitoring the variations of electric load and energy in short term
(even 15 minutes-long periods) which makes it possible to perform demand
response programs. Online monitoring of Operational Reserve (OR) program, a kind
of demand response program, is an undeniable result of FAHAM project in MEDC
which is capable of reducing the hourly load as much as 100 MW. MEDC has
organized demand management groups so as to follow the amount of load reduced
by volunteer customers in peak hours (12:00 to 17:00 in working days) and gain
the expected limits through making contacts with customers and optimizing load
Concerning the valuable achievements mentioned above,
Implementation of FAHAM in Mashhad County was nominated for global green
project award 2017 and assessed from the viewpoint of EAST criteria.
Regarding EAST criteria, this project can prevent from
producing 60000 tons of pollutants including CO2, SO2 and nitrogen oxides.
Accordingly, Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and Net Present Value (NPV) indices
have been estimated as much as 165% and 8 million dollars, respectively. These
results demonstrate the value of MEDC’s FAHAM project as a pioneer green
project which is beneficial to manage electric energy consumption and protect