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.

Richard Quigley appointed MD of DataGenic Ltd.

[img:Richard%20Quigley2.thumbnail.JPG|Richard Quigley,
Managing Director,
DataGenic Ltd.
]Richard Quigley has joined DataGenic Ltd. as the new Managing Director. DataGenic is a global provider of mission-critical data management solutions for small to large enterprises in utilities, the oil and gas and public sectors. He will build on the solid foundation, strategic partnership alliances and growth that the company has experienced since inception in 2002.

Peter Mainz appointed Chief Operating Officer of Sensus

[img:Peter%20Mainz.thumbnail.jpg|Peter Mainz,
Chief Operating
Officer, Sensus
]Peter Mainz has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer at Sensus Metering Systems. All metering and related communication systems businesses and all other businesses will report directly to him.

In March 2007 Mainz was appointed to the newly created and expanded role of Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to that, he became V.P. of Finance in January 2003 and CFO upon completion of the acquisition of Invensys Metering Systems in December 2003. He was V.P. of Operations and Finance in Europe and Asia Pacific from 2001 to 2002, and held other senior financial positions with Sensus’s Metering Systems Division from 1999 to 2001.

Majority of consumers concerned about climate change

[img:EILogo.thumbnail.gif| ]Framingham, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 24, 2007 - Eighty-one percent of respondents in a recent climate change survey in the U.S. indicated they were concerned about climate change, with more than half saying they were very concerned, while only 5 percent indicated they were not concerned at all about climate change.

Addressing Your Bottom Line – Requires Understanding Your Cost-To-Serve

By James Braatvedt

UtiliPoint analysts summate these pressures and highlight the trend to negate these influences, titling this a ‘back to basics’ strategy. Some key elements of a successful back-to-basics strategy are reducing costs, improving effectiveness and customer satisfaction. Core to this strategy is understanding and dissecting cost-to-serve, which is the sum of costs associated with retailing energy to the customer, including labour and technology costs, divided by the number of customers.

Go Green With Smart Meter Utility Billing!

By Karl Wills

The importance and potential of the metering industry is illustrated in its ongoing growth. Utility companies at the forefront of this growth have new found opportunities to influence energy usage through the improved customer service opportunities that comes from smart meter management information. And what could be higher on today’s agenda than reducing energy wastage and learning to live in a more sustainable fashion?

Smart metering on West Coast under the spotlight

[img:erich%20gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Erich Gunther,
Chairman and
Chief Technology Officer
of EnerNex Corporation
] Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 22, 2007 - With over 140 participants from seven countries, Smart Metering West Coast 2007 kicked off to a good start Monday, August 20, with a Home Area Networks (HAN) workshop, led by Erich Gunther, chairman and chief technology officer of EnerNex Corporation.

The workshop examined the critical role of AMI in this rapidly developing technology, and the steps towards a unified utility requirement specification and architecture for the HAN as it relates to utility applications, which is currently under development by the OpenHAN task force.

Said Gunther after the workshop: “The HAN workshop was instrumental in getting industry feedback on the work of the OpenHAN task force.”

The delegation was also led on a field visit to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) SmartConnect Field Test and Meter Testing facility in Westminster. SCE manager of deployment, Jim Gregory welcomed the group with a brief description of the SmartConnect program, which will involve the rollout of 5.3 million meters to households and small businesses throughout SCE’s service territory over the next five years.

Earlier this year the program was awarded the 2007 Smart Grid Outstanding Leadership Award.

Jim Cherrie, head of the SmartConnect field testing phase 1, outlined the particulars of the testing and during the current year, two types of meters are being tested in the laboratory and in the field. Type one is between Itron and Cellnet/Landis+Gyr, while the second type is yet to be determined. Four geographically diverse areas covering different climates, terrains, and urban and rural situations have been selected and both single and side-by-side meter placement is being tested. In 2008 there will be full systems testing, followed by full system rollout starting in 2009 and running through 2012.

Marshall Parsons, SmartConnect project manager, reviewed the “Big 5” program risks. These are:

On The Way To The Ideal Meter: Using An Innovation Process...

By Paul Daigle

A process can increase the rate of ideas that deliver the required return on a company’s investment of money, time, and people. Can a process truly cultivate creative and useful ideas across a wider spectrum of employees?

Yes. Processes can help an organisation evolve more rapidly compared to the riskier approach of relying on a few key people to drive revolutionary change. Evolution through the engagement of various industry participants can lead to more predictable and lasting results. Take the meter industry as an example.

The Prepayment Time Sharing Energy Meter And System Security

By Ding Fumin

The prepayment time sharing energy meter and its vending management system should provide extremely high security in all situations, with features including accurate and stable measurement functionality and strong anti-electromagnetic interference. It should guarantee high security in the process of data measurement and exchange, and should guarantee accuracy in measurement and settlement. It should also guarantee that the benefits to both customers and power suppliers are maintained.

Israel Electric Is Deploying Prepaid Meters

By Gary B. Schaffer

IEC installed those meters for customers who had been disconnected more than once in the past year. There were also the occasional landlords who found it advantageous to put their tenants on prepayment.

Last year the Israeli Regulator for Public Services – Electricity decided that prepayment was a service that the IEC should offer to all its customers, so the following actions were taken:

Bangladesh Power Development Board: Implements Pri Liberty System To Improve Revenue...

Although it has a technically acceptable electricity transmission system, Chittagong has distribution system losses that are a concern to BPDB. These losses arise from defective meter installations, theft of electricity by manipulation or bypass of the meters, inaccuracies in the meter reading process, invoicing errors and direct tapping of the power lines by the consumers. The financial status of the utility is also impacted by the refusal of many customers to pay their bills – resulting in only a small part of the invoiced consumption being collected, often with considerable delay.

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