Romania has become the 33rd country to join the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).
By joining the partnership Romania intends to contribute to the development of regional policies by participating in initiatives across Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.
The country also looks forward to accelerating the dissemination of renewable energy projects as a means of improving energy security, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation (ARCE) will act as the representative for REEEP.
Global enterprise software company Oracle, has announced that it has acquired SPL WorldGroup, a provider of revenue and operations management software for the utilities industry and tax management software for government organisations.
SPL delivers best-in-class solutions for customer care and billing, mobile workforce management, outage and distribution management, and asset management that are specifically designed for electric, gas and water utilities.
Phase one of the project comprises three buildings interconnected over the medium voltage power lines. Selected users will receive Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), video and Internet services.
Elster Group]Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. and Montpellier, France --- (METERING.COM) --- June 25, 2007 – Elster Group, a supplier of high quality integrated metering and utilization solutions, has acquired Coronis Systems, designer and developer of ultra-low-power long-range wireless solutions and platforms for OEMs and integrators, from its management and a group of venture capital shareholders led by Banexi and Axa Private Equity.
Jim McGivern, Elster Group's CEO, says: "Elster sees the acquisition of Coronis Systems as an additional offering to Elster's established position as the global market leader in multi-utility metering solutions. Coronis Systems has an excellent radio frequency-based AMI (advanced meter infrastructure) technology that is especially strong in water and gas utility networks. The Wavenis technology augments Elster Integrated Solutions' (EIS) existing EnergyAxis® AMI solutions and strengthens Elster's position in the global smart metering market. Elster continues to embrace a broad range of technologies to meet our customer's needs and to work with partners to provide interoperable and integrated system solutions."
Laurent Maleysson, Coronis Systems' Co-Founder and General Manager, states: "I am proud that Elster Group sees Coronis Systems and its Wavenis® technology as an important addition to its smart metering infrastructure and two-way communications solutions portfolio. Coronis Systems will continue to pursue its strategy in providing technology to utilities, meter manufacturers and the home automation market and now it has the scale to further develop its position."
Coronis Systems designs and develops ultra-low-power long-range wireless solutions and platforms for value-added resellers (VARs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and integrators. Since its inception in 2000, Coronis Systems has become the global leader in ultra-low-power consumption wireless communication technology. With more than 1.2 million devices deployed in small, medium, and large-scale wireless mesh networks around the world, Wavenis technology addresses the specific characteristics and needs of today's smart sensor networks. Wavenis technology is used to build innovative products and applications such as:
Mighty River Power]Auckland, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- June 25, 2007 – Mercury Energy of New Zealand has announced a range of new initiatives to improve its ability to identify and assist vulnerable customers who are medically dependent or suffer from financial hardship. The utility’s redesigned processes, effective today, follow an extensive review of its customer and credit management systems in the wake of the death of one of the utility’s customers who had been disconnected but who needed power for medical reasons, which the utility was not aware of.
President & CEO,
Hydro Ottawa]Ottawa, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- June 25, 2007 – Canadian utility Hydro Ottawa – the second largest municipal electric utility in the province, with 282,000 customers – is introducing a new electricity conservation program this summer that will save customers money, benefit the environment and help to avoid summer electricity shortages. The program has the support of the Ontario Power Authority and recognizes that lowering peak demand for electricity helps reduce the impact of power generation on the environment.
EEI] Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 20, 2007 - In recognition of innovative leadership and operational excellence in the electricity industry, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has named Great Plains Energy and AES Latin America as winners of the Edison Award, the industry's highest honor.
Given annually by EEI, the award honors U.S. shareholder-owned utilities and international members for outstanding contributions to and advancement of the electric power industry.
VP of Technology,
AMRA] Northbrook, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 20, 2007 – AMRA, the international voice of the AMR/AMI industry, has introduced the first objective, Internet-accessible tool designed to provide an understanding of AMR/AMI technologies which alone or in combination may best suit a utility’s strategic direction. Many utility professionals new to automatic meter reading (AMR) or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) face a daunting task when researching innovative metering technologies, because of the need to weigh features and capabilities against the needs and requirements of their utilities.