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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.

Mexico’s CFE to take over LyFC

[img:Mexico.thumbnail.jpg| ]Mexico City, Mexico --- (METERING.COM) --- October 12, 2009 - Mexico’s largest state power company Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) is to take over Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LyFC), which provides power to Mexico City and the surrounding area.

In a press conference interior minister Fernando Gómez Mont said that LyFC’s financial situation had become untenable, requiring a subsidy in the current year equivalent to the country’s main poverty program, “Programa Oportunidades,” which benefitted more than 25 million Mexicans.

Kuwait to install prepay meters in shops and apartments

[img:kuwait2.thumbnail.jpg| ]October 8, 2009 - The main objective of the system is to collect the revenue ahead of power consumption for the aim of controlling energy consumption"  the Assistant Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs Eng. Jasem Al-Lanqawi said.

The senior official yet affirmed that any attempts of robbery or misuse of electricity will be followed up.. This system will be apllied all over the six governorates in Kuwait.  .

User friendly bills recommended in Europe

[img:Meglena.thumbnail.jpg|Meglena Kuneva,
EU Consumer
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 2, 2009 - Electricity and gas bills can and should be a simple and clear source of information for consumers and the main tool helping them to manage their consumption, understand the actual cost of their energy use, and to compare that with other offers available on the liberalized energy market.

Agreement on business integration reached by NEC Electronics and Renesas

[img:nec_logo1_0.gif| ]Kawasaki and Tokyo, Japan --- (METERING.COM) --- October 2, 2009  - A definitive agreement to integrate business operations has been signed by NEC Electronics and Renesas.

As leading semiconductor companies, NEC Electronics and Renesas provide a wide variety of semiconductor solutions, primarily specializing in microcontroller units (MCUs). In light of fierce global competition and structural changes triggered by the rapid expansion of emerging markets in the semiconductor market, the two companies have been exploring the possibility of business integration after signing a basic agreement on April 27, 2009, in order to further strengthen their business foundations and technological assets, while increasing corporate value through enhanced customer satisfaction.

ScottishPower launches ‘in home’ prepay service

[img:powerpod_0.jpg|The PowerPod]Glasgow, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 1, 2009 - In partnership with one of its prepay (pay as you go) technology providers, ScottishPower has designed an innovative new application that will, for the first time in the U.K., allow prepayment customers the convenience of topping up the credit in their meters from home, via the internet.

The service allows customers to top up their meter credit directly from a secure internet page on ScottishPower’s website using a new plug-in device called a PowerPod.

Law promoting vehicle-to-grid signed in Delaware

[img:Jack%20M.thumbnail.jpg|Governor Jack
Markell, Delaware
]Wilmington, DE, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 30, 2009 - Delaware governor Jack Markell has signed legislation into law that creates incentives for Delawareans who take advantage of emerging vehicle-to-grid technology and puts the state in position to be a leader in the vehicle-to-grid electric vehicle industry.

Draft U.S. smart grid cyber security strategy and requirements released

[img:Nist_0.jpg| ]A draft smart grid cyber security strategy and requirements for the United States has been released setting out for consultation an overall cyber security strategy for the nation’s smart grid and a suite of security documents that will be used as the base for the selection and tailoring of security requirements.

The report is the work of the more than 200 member Smart Grid Cyber Security Coordination Task Group (CSCTG) set up by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and is a companion to the Framework and Roadmap Release 1.0 document released last week (see Framework and roadmap for U.S. smart grid interoperability standards released).

North Delhi Power to implement advanced outage management system

[img:ndpl_0.jpg| ]Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- September 29, 2009 - North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has announced that it will become the first major utility in India to realize the performance advantages of an advanced outage management system (OMS).

NDPL is to implement GE’s PowerOn OMS, which will be integrated with the previously installed GE Energy Smallworld geospatial information system (GIS) and NDPL’s existing distribution management system to drive power reliability and quality.

Feed-in tariff regulations introduced in Ontario

[img:Dalton.thumbnail.jpg|Dalton McGuinty,
Ontario Premier
]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 28, 2009 - Feed-in tariff (FIT) regulations offering long-term price guarantees for renewable electricity generators have been introduced in Ontario as part of the province’s Green Energy Act.

The FIT program is aimed at increasing investor confidence and making it easier to finance energy projects, and it is expected to encourage billions of dollars in investment to help Ontario’s energy supply mix become one of the cleanest in North America, the Ontario government said in a statement.

Advanced metering interoperability specifications for utilities in Europe, Middle East and...

[img:Europe.thumbnail_0.jpg| ]Kranj, Slovenia, Brussels, Belgium, and Zug, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- September 25, 2009 - Meter manufacturers Iskraemeco, Itron and Landis+Gyr have announced the development of interoperability specifications based on the open DLMS (Device Language Message Specification) standard.

The three companies expect the new offering will promote faster and broader deployment of advanced metering management (AMM) devices and services based on open standards, thereby responding to a compelling customer demand.

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