Thermal demand metering errors discovered

Erroneous demand readings and registration has caused a utility company in the US to begin an immediate retirement of over 90,000 thermal demand meters. The problem was identified by Southeastern Utility Services Inc., a utility cost management consulting company, which discovered that the thermal demand meter was registering well over the 4% tolerance on many of their clients' meters.

After this had been brought to the notice of the utility, it installed a series electronic meter with the thermal demand meter at one customer location, and the utility verified a +6% error. Up to now shop tests have been conducted on 60 meters suspected of error, and 20% of them have been over-registering.

Metering services business expands

Terasen Utility Services, provider of field metering services to electricity, water and gas utilities in North America, has acquired Measurement Solutions International (MSI), a full service meter asset management organisation. MSI offers comprehensive gas meter shop services, including meter testing, calibration, repair, retrofit and refurbishment.

Terasen Utility Services believes that the acquisition of MSI is a natural fit with its existing metering services business.

Utility Senior Level Executives to address Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America delegates

MLAM Press release
Smart Energy International recently released the program for the annual Metering, Billing/CRM Latin America conference. Over sixty utility industry leaders have agreed to speak to an audience of approximately 500 people composed of utility professionals, government parties, consultants, solutions providers and manufacturers. The participants will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 25 – 27 September 2006 to hear the speakers discuss the latest trends and developments for innovation in the electricity, water and gas utility sectors.

PG&E’s SmartMeter (TM) education center – a showcase for PG&E’s new...

Delegates attending the Smart Metering West Coast Conference taking place 28-30 August 2006 in San Francisco will have the opportunity to visit PG&E’s new SmartMeter technology center. The center provides a hands-on view of the system's near-term (3-5 years) capabilities from three perspectives: the customer, the customer service agent, and the SmartMeter system operator. 

Thomas E. Bottorff

The Sleeper that may derail a solid AMI business case: Depreciation….

Stephen Hadden, Vice President, Plexus Research will be presenting about this together with over 25 smart metering experts at the upcoming Smart Metering West Coast Conference taking place 28-30 August 2006 in San Francisco.

Some of the event highlights include:
  • Considerations for smart metering: technologies
  • Vendor showcases: Latest smart metering technologies for an advanced metering infrastructure. Hear about the latest technologies on  offer from leading manufacturers of smart metering products.
  • Site visit: See it all in practice. Gain first-hand insight and experience: SmartMeter Education Center, Pacific Gas & Electric, CA, USA
  • Welcome address: Thomas E. Bottorff, Senior Vice President – Regulatory Relations, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, CA, USA
  • Case-study Ontario: Status and the way forward: Michael Angemeer, Chair, Electricity Distributors Association, ON, Canada


Industry-wide call for papers: 8th annual Metering, Billing/CIS America 2007, San...

If you have ideas, experiences, products or strategies for the utility customer-end technology sector (i.e. metering, billing, CRM/CIS and associated technologies such as GIS, workforce enablement, etc.), then this is your chance to tell the world!

Come to share your valuable information with a diverse worldwide community of utility professionals in San Antonio, 7-11 May 2007. This community includes users (water, gas and electric utilities), suppliers of products (metering, billing and CIS manufacturers and vendors), designers, installation contractors and consultants at this 8th annual forum on all topics related to the integrated smart metering, billing and CIS toolkit for the now utility.

We invite all those interested in:

Get “smart”, enhance customer service and improve business operations

For electric utilities in the USA, the most far-reaching change coming out of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) is the aggressive action required in the areas of advanced metering and demand response. The Act includes references to and sections on smart metering as the technology provides a way for utilities to have access to a constant stream of accurate and timely energy-usage information as a means for their customers to gain control over their energy consumption and the tariffs they pay for energy consumed.

EPACT 2005 is the primary driver across the country for smart metering initiatives, as stipulations require:

International Energy Partnership Expands into South-East Asia

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has announced the opening of its ninth Regional Secretariat, which will cover the south-east Asia and Pacific region. REEEP has already established regional secretariats for south Asia, based in New Delhi, and for east Asia, based in Beijing. The South East Asia and Pacific Regional Secretariat is funded by the Australian government.

One Millionth Meter Shipped

Landis+Gyr has reached a milestone with the shipping of its one millionth FOCUS® meter early in April. The company has worked with a number of strategic alliances and communication providers, including Cellnet, TWACS® by DCSI, Hunt Technologies and Neptune Technology Group to incorporate third-party modular communication modules within the FOCUS meter.

In the past year four new FOCUS endpoints have been introduced, and the company expects the release of several more before the end of the year. The FOCUS meter was designed as an accurate, robust metering device, with an eye to AMR and AMI applications. Its single-circuit board design, with fewer connectors and fewer parts, increases reliability and contributes to better overall endpoint performance.

Bangladesh Plans to Privatise Energy Industry

The Bangladeshi government has announced plans to privatise part of its power industry this year, in an effort to find ways to resolve the current power crisis in the country. It will sell a 25% stake in the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) and the Dhaka Electric Supply Company (DESCO) to private investors. DESCO distributes power in the country’s capital city. Less than 20% of the population currently has access to electricity, energy theft is rife, and it is estimated that the investment requirement in generation, transmission and distribution is 45%, 15% and 40% respectively.

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