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News and analysis concerning energy sector regulatory changes, bills, laws, utility compliance issues and shifts in government structure and policy. Project finance, energy sector surveys and reports on energy market trends, business risks and opportunities, together with information on cross border transmission and distribution is included.

Prepayment water meter as a revenue enhancement tool

Conference: Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Francois Olivier
Abstract: Presented by Francois Olivier at Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007.

Improvement of customer relations through prepayment

Conference: Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Zwannda Ramadwa
Abstract: Presented by Zwannda Ramadwa at Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007

Challenges Escom Malawi is facing in the implementation of a prepayment...

Conference: Metering, Billing and CRM Africa
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Bizwick Hassan Ligomba
Abstract: Presented by Bizwick Hassan Ligomba at Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007


Prepayment Electricity metering – the Nigerian approach

Conference: Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Uzoma Achinanya
Abstract: Presented by Uzoma Achinanya at Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007


Water prepayment associated with poor hygiene practices

[img:SA Flag_0.jpg| ]Cape Town, South Africa --- (METERING.COM) --- May 16, 2007 –A new study conducted in Johannesburg, South Africa points to hygiene behaviors being generally worse in low income households with prepaid water than in those with regular billing.

The study, conducted for the Municipal Services Project by medical researchers Farhaad Haffejee, Mickey Chopra and David Sanders, set out to investigate the impact of the global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) campaign – and in particular hand washing practices – in a largely low income community in Johannesburg. The supply of water and associated services in the city has been contracted to the privately managed parastatal company, Johannesburg Water, which as part of its water service delivery, has implemented a large prepaid water meter pilot project in the township of Soweto.

San Antonio Water System to install new CIS and billing system

[img:Kristin%20Jones_0.JPG|Kristin Jones,
Customer Service Manager,
]San Antonio, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 8, 2007 – San Antonio’s main water purveyor, the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), plans to install a new integrated billing and customer information system (CIS).

In an interview with, SAWS’s Kristin Jones, who joined the utility a month ago as customer service manager of the billing division, said her focus is “on getting the system up and running,” with implementation scheduled for September 2008.

STS seeks distributors in Europe

[img:sever%20trent%20logo_0.gif| ]Chesterfield, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 7, 2007 – Severn Trent Metering Services is seeking distributors for its SmartMeter brand of water meters throughout the continent except in the UK, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Cyprus, where arrangements are already in place. Distributors will be responsible for developing market strategies to address increasing opportunities in the water metering market.

Metering America just two days away

[img:Anthony%20Hawkins%20Photo2.thumbnail.JPG|Anthony Hawkins,
Metering Operations,
CPS Energy
]San Antonio, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 7, 2007 – The Metering, Billing/CIS America 2007 team arrived onsite in San Antonio, Texas, over the weekend to undertake final preparations for the event, which starts Wednesday May 9.

The team members includes the conference manager Elize van Staden, exhibition manager Gerald Schreiner, registration manager Jimina Schmidt, the Smart Energy International publisher Errol Bryce and editor Jonathan Spencer Jones, and the COO Devi Paulsen and CEO Rudi Leitner, of the organizer, Spintelligent.

This year’s eighth Metering America has the theme ‘The integrated smart metering, billing and CIS toolkit for the NOW utility’ and reflects the increasing interest in AMI and smart metering across North America. To date the penetration of AMI across the U.S. is little more than 6%, according to a recent FERC survey, but this is rapidly set to increase over the next few years as more and more utilities, with impetus from the Energy Policy Act of 2005, move to advanced metering for their future metering requirements.

The host electric and gas utility for the event is CPS Energy – the largest municipally owned combined electric and gas utility in the U.S. – and with an AMI project in the early stages of development it is expected that the utility will share its progress on this. CPS Energy also runs an award winning customer contact center and delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about the center and to see it in action.

Program highlights include debates on ‘Why are utilities, government and the industry taking the direction that they are?’ and ‘Meter life – expectations and assurance’ with perspectives from utilities and meter manufacturers. General sessions will cover issues such as AMI and the customer and Meter to cash, and also there will be updates from North America as well as elsewhere in the world. A super workshop will focus on smart metering large scale rollout, with in depth review of issues such as the vendor, utility, installer relationship and project management technologies.

For more information and to make last minute registrations, visit

Growth in South-east Asian meter market

[img:Bharath_0.jpg|Bharath Srinivasan,
Research Analyst,
Frost & Sullivan
] Singapore --- (METERING.COM) --- May 4, 2007 – New analysis from consultants Frost & Sullivan suggests that increasing demand for power on the part of both large and small consumers in the South-east Asian region is driving the market for both single phase and three phase electricity meters. Approximately 5 million electricity meters are bought and sold in Southeast Asia annually, and the company says that high economic growth is responsible for much of the demand.

Jim McGivern appointed CEO of Elster Group

[img:Jim_McGivern_0.jpg|Jim McGivern,
Elster Group
]Luxembourg --- (METERING.COM) --- May 2, 2007 - Jim McGivern has joined Elster Group, a manufacturer and supplier of integrated metering and utilization solutions, as chief executive officer.

McGivern has had 15 years of experience in the international water and wastewater industry, holding various leadership positions. In 1999 he was president of Thames Water’s international business, responsible for operations and growth in over 30 countries. After Thames Water was acquired by RWE AG in 2001, McGivern transferred to the U.S. to head the company’s business in North and South America, and to secure regulatory approval for the acquisition of American Water. He was appointed COO at American Water in 2003.

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