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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.

New company to provide metering, billing solutions in Colombia

A new company, Falcon International, has been launched in Bogotá, Colombia to provide metering and vending solutions across that country. Bringing together proven off-the-shelf technologies from leading service providers globally, Falcon International’s aim is to provide an integrated solution that is tailored for the Colombian and Latin American markets.

The initial focus is on setting up the vending infrastructure, with the aim being to utilise the large number of small businesses that line the streets of Bogotá and the country’s other cities to set up in excess of 200,000 vending outlets across Colombia that will sell products including prepaid cellular time and later prepaid electricity and other commodities.

CVC sells ista to Charterhouse

CVC Capital Partners has sold its stake in ista International to Charterhouse Capital Partners after CVC acquired ista in a management buy-out in June 2003.

ista is a global leader in the area of submetering and billing of energy, water and ancillary costs. The company is active in 24 countries across Europe, North America and Asia. Sales increased under CVC’s ownership from approximately €460 million ($610 million) in 2002 to €600 million ($796 million) in 2006, while ista’s share of international revenues expanded from 27 per cent to almost 50 percent over the same period of time. This was primarily driven by organic growth and a number of acquisitions, both internationally and in Germany. ista’s staff increased under CVC’s ownership from 3,700 to 4,500.

British Gas voted worst for customer satisfaction

[img:004%20-%20Ann%20Robinson%20%28Director%20of%20Consumer%20Policy%29_0.jpg|Ann Robinson,
Consumer Policy
Director,
uSwitch.com
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 18, 2007 -British Gas has been voted as the U.K.’s worst energy supplier in a new consumer satisfaction survey by price comparison and switching website uSwitch.com.

Although overall customer satisfaction levels had increased to 60% from 52% in the past twelve months and British Gas's customers recorded an 11% increase on last year's performance, it remained the lowest in terms of satisfaction for the second year running – and despite 900,000 customers returning to its services following two price cuts earlier this year.

Dynamic pricing could save $35 billion in electricity costs

[img:Ahmed%20faruqui.thumbnail.jpg|Ahmad Faruqui,
Brattle Group
] Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 17, 2007 - A new review shows that demand response programs based on advanced metering and dynamic pricing could reduce peak load in the United States by at least 5% over the next few years, with a value of $35 billion over the next 20 years.

The review paper, entitled “The Power of Five Percent: How Dynamic Pricing Can Save $35 Billion in Electricity Costs” by Ahmad Faruqui, Ryan Hledik, Sam Newell, and Johannes Pfeifenberger of the Brattle Group, says that the potential impact of demand response is large and significant. Using the best available technologies, the national peak demand reduction potential is as much as 22.9 percent, while a cost-effective mix of technologies could lower peak demand by 11.5 percent. However, based on realistically achievable penetration rates the market potential of demand response is estimated at 5 percent, which in turn translates into savings in generation, transmission and distribution costs of $3 billion per year.

Joint regulatory arrangements for the Irish Single Electricity Market set out

[img:AIP%20logo_0.gif| ]Dublin, Ireland/Belfast, Northern Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- May 22, 2007 – Legislation has been passed establishing the functions, powers and duties in relation to the regulation of the Single Electricity Market (SEM) in Ireland and establishing joint regulatory arrangements through a Single Electricity Market Committee.

The two regulatory bodies in Ireland – the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland and the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation (NIAER) – have been working together and with industry to implement the SEM on 1 November 2007, including the establishment of the necessary organisational structures and operational arrangements in order to support effective decision making in the SEM.

Southern Governors call for public safety communications network including utilities

[img:haley-barbour1_0_0.jpg|Haley Barbour,
Chairman,
Southern Governers
Association
]Washington, DC, U.S.A.--- (METERING.COM) --- May 22, 2007 – The Southern Governors’ Association (SGA) has called for an investigation into the establishment of a national, interoperable public safety communications network that incorporates utilities.

The Association suggests that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should convene a dialog with state, local, federal and private sector stakeholders to determine whether sufficient spectrum is available to support the development of interoperable emergency communications nationwide, and to make recommendations for overcoming other obstacles to achieving a national communications network.

Field visit: CPS Energy’s winning Customer Contact Center

Conference: Metering, Billing/CIS America 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
Presenter: Sandra Currans
Abstract: Presented by Sandra Currans at Metering, Billing/CIS America 2007

How Northern Ireland Electricity improved its network operations to respond to...

Conference: Metering, Billing/CRM Africa 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Michael Skelton
Abstract: Presented by Michael Skelton at Metering, Billing/CRM Africa 2007

The ideal wireless solutions for AMM

Conference: Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Olivier Beaujard
Abstract: Presented by Olivier Beaujard at Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007

Experience of JSC PSC, St. Petersburg, Russia

Conference: Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Presenter: Alexander Merkulov
Abstract: Presented by Alexander Merkulov at Metering, Billing and CRM Africa 2007

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