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GNBS Boosts Capacity to Verify Electric Meters

Officials reviewing elements of an electricity meters.

Submitted by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS)

The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) has increased its capacity to verify electricity meters.This is made possible with the acquisition of a modern Electricity Test Bench capable of verifying five (5) meters simultaneously, and the requisite training for GNBS Legal Metrology Inspectors.

The new piece of equipment was recently acquired from ZERA India –a subsidiary of German Zähler-Eich-und-Reparatur-Anstalt (Meter Calibration and Repair Institute). The company on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, facilitated a practical training on the use of the equipment with GNBS Inspectors along with representatives from the power company.

The practical training was preceded by a four-day theoretical session hosted during the period July 5- 8, 2022 by CENAMEP AIP – the National Metrology Center of Panama. The session titled ‘Introduction to the metrological verification of electricity meters’ was virtually facilitated by the agency’s representative, Mr. Julio Gonzalez.

Topics covered included the importance of energy measurement, electric energy meters and metrological verification service for meters.

Electricity meters, which are installed on thousands of residential and commercial buildings annually to determine electricity use, are submitted to the Bureau for verification prior to installation. In accordance with the Weights and Measures Act 1981, the GNBS is responsible for the verification of all weighing and measuring instruments used in trade and devices used within the health, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, and other sectors in Guyana, to ensure equity in trade, consumer protection and safety.