Emissions technologies:Here, now and the future

By Saad Mannan

The challenge of climate change is ensuring that the shift to a low carbon economy remains high on the agenda for governments and businesses. With increasing government legislation, businesses today must prioritise their climate change initiatives and focus on the energy efficiency projects that deliver quantifiable results. As part of this, the development of potentially groundbreaking low carbon technologies is becoming central to the climate change debate. It has become increasingly apparent that European businesses are challenged with targets to realise a low carbon economy, especially with no easy and consistent way of measuring their impact on the environment. A recent survey of 200 leading companies surveyed across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden highlighted that 92 percent were particularly in need of technology to improve their energy efficiency, 74 percent needed a way to measure their impact on the environment, and 72 percent said they would welcome a technology that helped them manage and monitor noncompliance risks.

Increasing legislation is impacting the UK. The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), now in its second phase, is used to tackle CO2 emissions from the primary emitters, such as utilities and industrials. Post 2012, allowances are fully expected to be auctioned alongside tightened national allocations. The impact has been observed of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), already witnessing the retirement of older inefficient coal-burning power stations. Furthermore, non-ETS sectors such as the water industry and large retail corporations will fall under the UK’s own cap and trade scheme, the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), as well as UK and EU governments moving to mandatory green standards when procuring information technology and communications (ITC). Moving forward, energy efficiency measures for household electricity suppliers have been markedly strengthened through the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT). This is paralleled by the compulsory inclusion of renewable energy generation through the Renewables Obligations (RO).

Emissions technologies: Here, now and the future

By Saad Mannan

The challenge of climate change is ensuring that the shift to a low carbon economy remains high on the agenda for governments and businesses. With increasing government legislation, businesses today must prioritise their climate change initiatives and focus on the energy efficiency projects that deliver quantifiable results. As part of this, the development of potentially groundbreaking low carbon technologies is becoming central to the climate change debate. It has become increasingly apparent that European businesses are challenged with targets to realise a low carbon economy, especially with no easy and consistent way of measuring their impact on the environment. A recent survey of 200 leading companies surveyed across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden highlighted that 92 percent were particularly in need of technology to improve their energy efficiency, 74 percent needed a way to measure their impact on the environment, and 72 percent said they would welcome a technology that helped them manage and monitor noncompliance risks.

Next-generation metering technologies for Central American & Caribbean utilities

New metering technologies have demonstrated that losses may be reduced down to less than ten percent from the more than 20 percent that has been typical across the Central American and Caribbean region for the past several years. While such high investment projects may be difficult to justify, particularly for public utilities, it is essential that companies move to reviewing these technologies, considering their levels of return.

PSE&G seeks approval to test advanced metering technologies

[img:Ralph_6.jpg|Ralph LaRossa,
President & COO,
PSE&G
]Newark, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 14, 2007 – Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) today announced it has requested approval from state regulators to deploy and test advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technologies, capable of enabling customers to monitor energy use, conserve energy and lower their costs during periods of peak electric demand. The technologies will also be useful in reducing carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change.

The power of choice – Ontario’s IESO partners with government and...

As a result, the government put in place a number of strategies to encourage new generation and build a culture of conservation – not easy in a province that grew up on inexpensive, regulated electricity rates and plentiful hydroelectric power. It was out of this background that the Ontario Smart Metering Initiative (SMI) was born. Under this initiative, smart meters will be installed in every home by 2010, rate structures will be introduced to drive conservation and demand management, and energy service providers will be expected to facilitate load shifting on behalf of consumers.

New technologies advance consumer control

The hottest sector in the technology market over the next decade will be products that make reducing power bills and conserving energy as easy as managing cell phone minutes, according to a new report, ‘The Path to Perfect Power: New Technologies Advance Consumer Control’, from the Galvin Electricity Initiative.

Joining the trend of products making homes and workplaces smarter and more automated than ever before, these emerging energy devices will help consumers identify when they are using electricity and what electricity they are paying for, according to the report. The Galvin Electricity Initiative, launched by former Motorola chief Robert W. Galvin, has as its goal the creation of a ‘perfect power system’ in the US, and is leading a campaign to transform the nation’s inefficient, unreliable and insecure electric power system into one that can truly meet consumers’ needs in this new century.

LODESTAR Supercharges Performance of its Customer Choice Suiteâ„¢ Software for Utilities

Solution leverages ADO.NET to increase performance;customers see a 2-4x improvement
 
Peabody, Mass., USA ― April 9, 2007 ― LODESTAR Corporation, a leading developer of software for the energy industry, today announced significant technical enhancements to its LODESTAR® Customer Choice Suite™ (CCS™) software.  The upgrades are designed to give utilities improved ease and speed of access to data.

More Choice For Utilities Choosing AMR Technology for Electromechanical Meters

Elster Electricity, LLC, a provider of AMI solutions worldwide, has announced an agreement with Hunt Technologies to continue offering the Hunt AirPoint™ AMR module for the Elster Type AB1R electromechanical meter. This provides more choices for utilities that use the Itron Mobile Collection System for mobile meter reading, as the AirPoint is fully compatible with the Itron technology, handheld collection devices and software platforms.

Elster Electricity announces agreement with Hunt Technologies to provide AirPointí¢”ž¢ AMR...

Elster Electricity, LLC, a leading provider of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions worldwide, announces an agreement with Hunt Technologies to continue offering the Hunt AirPoint AMR module for the Elster Type AB1R electromechanical meter. This provides more choices for utilities that use the Itron Mobile Collection System for mobile meter reading.

The AirPoint is fully compatible with Itron mobile collection technology, handheld collection devices, and software platforms. Customers can order the Type AB1R meter equipped with an AirPoint module or they can retrofit the meter themselves.

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