Policy & Regulation

News and analysis concerning policy & regulation in the energy sector, including regulatory changes, bills, laws, utility compliance issues and shifts in government structure and policy. This includes project finance, energy sector surveys and reports on energy market trends, business risks and opportunities, together with information on cross border transmission and distribution.

Micro generators in Ireland to benefit from smart meters

[img:cer_logo.thumbnail.gif| ]Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- November 23, 2007 - Micro generators of electricity will be included as a priority group in Ireland’s smart metering implementation programme, the country’s regulator Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has decided.

In its response to a public consultation on micro generation the CER says that in the interim period before the expected commencement of national smart meter installation in April 2008, micro generators can apply for an interval meter to be installed. The first one hundred micro generators who request an interval meter will only pay the installation costs and not the cost of the interval meter. However micro generators may choose to wait until the smart meter rollout and not be required to pay the installation cost.

U.K. environmental group calls for smart meters, smart homes

[img:flag.thumbnail_0.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 22, 2007 - The U.K. environmental think tank Green Alliance has added its voice to the call for smart meters, calling on the government to provide a mandate with clear milestones from May 2008 requiring all homes to have a smart meter within ten years.

As part of the rollout suppliers must also be required to offer consumers a range of real time display options, free of charge, in addition to the smart meter.

ST Engineering acquires Telematics Wireless Ltd

[img:telematics1_0.gif| ]Singapore --- (METERING.COM) --- November 22, 2007 – Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) has announced that ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) Pte Ltd (STEE-InfoComm) has entered into an agreement with Ituran Location & Control Ltd (Ituran) to acquire 93.96% of Telematics Wireless Ltd (Telematics).

Telematics is a key player in the high growth machine-to-machine (M2M) industry in which machine assets are connected through wireless info-communication infrastructures to allow wireless transmission of information for remote monitoring and control. The company’s key solution offerings include products and solutions utilizing wireless network technology for automatic meter reading, radio frequency location and vehicular telematics, and radio frequency identification applications for electronic toll collection and asset security. Telematics is currently amongst the largest terrestrial and urban asset location system suppliers worldwide, with customers from Argentina, Brazil, China, Korea and USA.  

Bringing control automation products together

[img:EchelonLogo.thumbnail_0.jpg| ]San Jose, CA, U.S.A. and Munich, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- November 20, 2007 – Echelon Corporation, a provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption, and Munich Software have announced the integration of Echelon’s new i.LON® SmartServer™ into the Wonderware® Application Server, a component of the newly released Wonderware System Platform 3.0 software.

Midwest governors commit to energy efficiency targets

[img:Jim.thumbnail_0.jpg|Governor Jim Doyle,
chair of the
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 19, 2007 - Governors of ten midwest states of the United States and Canada have agreed to meet at least 2 percent of regional annual retail sales of natural gas and electricity through energy efficiency improvements by 2015, with an additional 2 percent in efficiency improvements every year thereafter.

IDEX Corp. to buy Nova Technologies

[img:IDEX.thumbnail.jpg| ]Northbrook, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 19, 2007 – IDEX Corporation, an applied solutions company specializing in fluid and metering technologies among other products, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nova Technologies Corporation (NTC), a provider of metering technology and flow monitoring services for the water and wastewater markets. NTC develops products and provides comprehensive integrated solutions that enable industry, municipalities and government agencies to analyze and measure the capacity, quality and integrity of wastewater collection systems. This essential process of flow monitoring and measurement plays a determining role in the upgrade of municipalities' wastewater infrastructure. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, with regional sales and service offices throughout the United States and Australia, NTC has annual revenues of approximately $70 million.

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Compos Mentis

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Nigeria encourages use of prepayment meters

[img:nepa_logo.thumbnail.gif| ]Lagos, Nigeria --- (METERING.COM) --- November 16, 2007 – The government of Nigeria has asked the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to develop a ‘sensitization’ campaign to encourage the adoption of prepayment (pay-as-you-go) meters.

These meters are being introduced mainly to residential and small-scale business customers, partly in an effort to eliminate confrontations between PHCN staff and consumers. It has happened that staff have been subjected to attack by customers who refuse to pay their bills and are denying officials the opportunity to disconnect them.

Most U.K. water companies deliver high standards of service

[img:tap_water_0.jpg| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 16, 2007 - Most water and sewerage companies in England and Wales have continued to deliver the high standards of service that customers expected in the past year, but a few have fallen short, says the water regulatory authority Ofwat in its “Levels of Service” report, published yesterday.

When dealing with customers in writing and by telephone in general, the companies continued to deliver a ‘good’ level of service, with 99 percent of contacts about billing dealt with within five days and 98 percent of written complaints answered in ten days. This good level of service was confirmed by an independent survey of about 9,000 customers who had contacted their water company by telephone, which showed that the majority were satisfied with the way their telephone calls were handled.

Designated meter for the 2008 Olympic Games

[img:olympics.thumbnail.jpg| ]Beijing, China --- (METERING.COM) --- November 15, 2007 – Shenzhen Star Instrument Company’s special prepayment energy meter has been chosen as the designated meter for the international sailing competition at the 2008 Olympic Games. These meters, which can be used with more than one smart card, have been approved after stringent examination by the appropriate departments of the Qingdao government. They are labeled “29th Olympic Games Qingdao international sailing competition base special”.

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