Smart Metering West Coast: Conference Program 2007

Smart Metering West Coast

20 August - 22 August, 2007

 Conference Program Day 1

Monday 20 August 2007

 Morning Workshop

Home Area Networks ... the methodologies and technologies 

Free electricity monitors help customers cut consumption

[img:Danny%20Tuff_0.jpg|Danny Tuff,
Blue Line Innovations
]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- July 17, 2007 – Canadian utility Hydro One is giving 30,000 of its customers a free electricity monitor that helps them save on their energy bills – and feedback from users is positive. The meters have been offered on a first come, first served basis.

Remote reading of water meters on the increase

[img:Midwest%20Meter.thumbnail.jpg| ]Edinburg, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 16, 2007 – Midwest Meter Inc., a distributor of water meters, meter reading systems and related water-service products, is seeing an increased interest in its services, with a number of trials and projects underway.

The company is active in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri, installing Orion meters by Badger Meters or retrofitting existing meters so that they can be read remotely by RF, using a drive-by system. Utilities moving to remote reading benefit from being able to accumulate data that is collected every hour, giving early warning of leaks. The system also allows any tampering with the radio fitted on to the meter to be quickly identified.

Net metering should be supported across Ontario

[img:oebside.thumbnail.jpg| ]Ontario, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 16, 2007 - The obligation to support net metering for renewable and distributed generation resources should be recognised by utilities across Ontario, and rates that properly reflect the costs of service should be adopted.

These are among recommendations put forward in a new discussion paper on distributed generation (DG) and its rate treatment that was prepared for the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) with a view to the development of DG in the province.

Broadband over power line a key enabler for AMI

[img:CharlesNewton_0.gif|Charles Newton,
Research Company
] Ellicott City, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 16, 2007 - Although still in its infancy, Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) will soon be a key enabler for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), promoting true automated meter reading, and allowing demand response and demand side management programs to develop.

Flat rates for water a thing of the past in Chicago

[img:meeusen.thumbnail.jpg|Richard Meeusen,
President & CEO,
Badger Meter
]Chicago, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 13, 2007 – Up to 350,000 households in Chicago pay a flat rate for water, based on lot size, number of bathrooms and hose connections – but this will change now that the city has signed a contract with Badger Meter Inc. for the provision of meters that can be read remotely.

Trade lead: Canada – Meter Data Management System; Closing date 23...

Country: Canada
: Meter Data Management System
Closing Date
: 23 July 2007
: TRAD 1653

AMR system will help with water conservation

[img:watertap_0.png| ]Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 13, 2007 – The Raleigh City Council, which in May unanimously approved mandatory year-round lawn irrigation water conservation measures for City of Raleigh water customers, plans to replace all its existing water meters in an effort to conserve a scarce resource. Over the next 18 months all 170,000 customers will have new meters that will be read automatically using a drive-by system.

Wireless sensor networks for smart cities

[img:city_0.JPG| ]San Diego, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 11, 2007 - Municipalities worldwide are adopting wireless sensor network (WSN) technology to make their cities safer, healthier, greener, and more productive, according to a recent research study by ON World.

Commercial WSN solutions for transportation, public safety, and municipal services are currently deployed in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Songo, South Korea. Surveys with 220 North American municipalities and public safety organizations revealed that cities are highly motivated to adopt WSN over the next 18-24 months for these and other applications, including utility networks and energy management.

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