IBM predicts consumers will plug in to the energy business

[img:world.thumbnail.jpg| ]Rome, Italy and Armonk, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 14, 2007 – IBM Global Business Services unveiled its new report, "Plugging in the Consumer: Innovating utility business models for the future" at the World Energy Congress in Rome earlier this week, forecasting how the change in energy customers' expectations will impact the utility industry's business model in the next five to ten years.

Retail price increases a key issue facing European energy markets

[img:Colette%20lewiner_0.jpg|Colette Lewiner,
Energy, Utilities and
Chemicals Global Sector
Leader, Capgemini
]Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- November 13, 2007 - Retail price increases along with environmental challenges and security of supply are among the issues currently faced by European electricity and gas markets, according to Capgemini’s latest European Energy Markets Observatory (EEMO) report.

Next generation transceiver chip to be developed

[img:Coronis%20logo_0.gif| ]Montpellier, France and Leuven, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- November 13, 2007 – Coronis Systems, a provider of ultra-low power wireless OEM solutions for both short range and long range wireless sensor, control and metering networks and Essensium N.V., a fables semiconductor provider of low power system-on-chip ASIC solutions, have announced an agreement to collaborate on the next generation Wavenis technology transceiver chip.

Smart meters for Danish homeowners

Danish utility ELRO Net has awarded a contract to Echelon Corporation’s Networked Energy Services (NES) Value Added Reseller Eltel Networks A/S to deploy an NES-based advanced metering system to 50,000 Danish homes. This award marks the first win for the NES system in Denmark; initial deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2007 with project completion by 2010.

In the ELRO project a combination of wide area networks will be used for the system’s data collection infrastructure, WiMax, an emerging standard for high speed, low cost metropolitan wireless data networking, and GPRS cellular. ELRO recently acquired a national license to spread WiMax countrywide.

Compulsory metering for water stressed areas in England

Water companies in areas of serious water stress in England will be able to seek compulsory water metering as part of their 25-year forward plans, UK environment minister Phil Woolas has announced.

The proposal follows a consultation with companies, regulators, charities and the public, and adds metering to the raft of options for companies, including developing new resources, for ensuring long term security of supply. It will come into effect after the Price Review 2009.

Smart meters for Russian energy users

ENERGOAUDITCONTROL (EAC), a company specialising in the creation and installation of large-scale metering solutions, is to deploy Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system in Russia. In the first phase of the project approximately 90,000 NES meters and associated software and infrastructure will be deployed to homes and small businesses across Russia, with the potential for up to 275,000 additional meters and associated software and infrastructure in 2008 and 2009.

An important year for energy markets

The approach of the end of a year is always a time for reflection and 2007 has proven to be an interesting and important year for the metering industry.

The first major trend of note was the remarkable surge in interest in smart metering – and not just in the US but across the globe from Europe to Australasia. As analyst Karen Blackmore writes in these pages, as a result of initiatives that have surfaced during the past year in countries that one might not have put on the “top ten” list, “smart metering (is) truly a worldwide event.” (page ..) And in this magazine and at the events that Smart Energy International has hosted, the “buzz” and “energy” has been palpable, with more and more people wanting to keep abreast with developments and network with industry peers.

Corporate reorganization expands service offering

[img:leonard1_0.jpg|Leonard Graziano,
CEO, Severn Trent
Services International
]Birmingham, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 12, 2007 – In a corporate reorganization that will expand the company’s service offerings, Severn Trent Water International Ltd has been renamed Severn Trent Services International.

As Severn Trent Water International, the company offered global water utility management and contract management services encompassing institutional development; implementing effective management systems; providing assistance with issues surrounding change management; offering training and other programs associated with organizational development; and improving financial management and revenue generation. Over the last 20 years, water utilities and municipalities in more than 65 countries have employed the company’s services to become more profitable, more efficient and better-managed organizations.

Acquisition will allow expansion into Europe

[img:monica_0.jpg|Monica Eisinger,
CEO,
MIND
]Yokneam, Israel and Reading, UK --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2007 – MIND CTI Ltd., a provider of convergent end-to-end billing and customer care product based solutions for tier 2 and tier 3 carriers worldwide, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Omni Consulting Company Limited (Abacus Billing), a UK provider of managed services for customer care and billing solutions to telecommunications carriers and large resellers.

Ofgem calls on U.K. government to move on smart metering

[img:logo-ofgem.thumbnail.gif| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 7, 2007 - Ofgem, the U.K. gas and electricity regulatory authority, has called on the government to create a stable and sound policy platform for smart meter delivery as soon as possible, saying that the continued debate over the metering market model is stalling progress on interoperability and other important matters.

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