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.

More U.K. water customers receive help with bills and services

[img:2OfwatLogo_0.gif| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 19, 2007 – More water customers in England and Wales are receiving help with their bills and services, according to new figures published today by Ofwat, the Water Services Regulation Authority. The number of low-income metered households successfully applying to have their bill capped under the WaterSure scheme rose by 23% in the past year, from nearly 13,200 to more than 16,200, while the number of elderly and disabled customers registered to receive special assistance increased by 8% from around 82,800 to nearly 90,000.

Selection of meter suppliers above board

[img:AssamStateElectricityBoard_0.gif| ]Guwahati, India --- (METERING.COM) --- September 13, 2007 – The Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) has assured customers that the selection process it undertook to identify preferred suppliers of electronic meters was above board. It said the three suppliers – L&T, Secure Meters and HPL Socomac – had been chosen after a transparent bidding process that had seen 17 meter manufacturers submit bids for the work.

Meter installation contractor announces expansion of products and services

[img:national.thumbnail.gif| ]Kearny, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 12, 2007 - National Metering Services, Inc., an international meter installation contractor specializing in the water industry, has announced an expansion of the products and services it offers clients.

The company is now offering security systems that include cameras and motion detecting devices, using Tropos as the backhaul, to complement its Tropos MetroMesh Wi-Fi systems. Its meter testing division has certified portable meter testers for field testing, along with a custom-built mobile test lab equipped with a state-of-the-art 20 position test bench. This allows it to perform new meter accuracy verification and exit testing at customers’ premises. It also now also able to offer vacuum excavating, curb box cleaning, manhole and meter pit cleaning, along with valve exercising, thanks to the addition of a Vac-Tron to its fleet.

Rate relief for Ameren customers in Illinois

[img:ameren.thumbnail.gif| ]St. Louis, MO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 11, 2007 - U.S. utility Ameren has announced that its residential customers in Illinois will soon start feeling the benefits of its $1 billion rate relief plan.

"Our customers have asked for rate relief and we are delivering it," Stan Ogden, vice president of customer service and public relations, said in a statement. "This across-the-board assistance will help trim the bills to more than one million residential customers."

Lower electric prices for Irish customers

[img:ESB%20logo_0.gif| ]Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- September 10, 2007 - Customers of utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in Ireland are expecting to pay less for their electricity come November 1. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) will announce a reduction of 6 per cent in the cost of the electricity ESB supplies to over 1.8 million customers.

The drop could have been as much as 10 per cent, however, according to ESB, but the utility is not allowed to set its own tariffs. In what some see as a law that stifles competition in the energy industry, tariffs are regulated, and the utility is not able to pass on the benefits of the cost-cutting exercise that it has undertaken over the last few years.

Shareholders approve TXU buyout

[img:Wilder.thumbnail.jpg|C. John Wilder,
Chairman and CEO,
TXU Corp.
]Dallas, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 10, 2007 - Shareholders in Texan utility TXU have approved the takeover of the company by private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and TPG. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has already given its approval, having found that the sale would not be likely to affect energy customers adversely.

RFID-based smart card prepayment meter launched

[img:Genus.thumbnail.jpg| ]Jaipur, India --- (METERING.COM) --- September 10, 2007 - Genus Overseas Electronics Ltd has introduced a RFID-based contactless smart card prepayment (pay as you go) meter, which it says will assist utilities with revenue collection and help customers manage their energy use more efficiently.

Many distribution companies in India have already introduced, or are planning to introduce, a prepayment system for certain customers at least, and the market potential in the country is expected to grow significantly. Several prepayment pilot projects have already been launched, with good results.

Distribution agreement expanded to reach key European markets

[img:wavecom.thumbnail.jpg| ]Munich, Germany and Issy-les-Moulineaux, France --- (METERING.COM) --- September 5, 2007 – Avnet Memec, the specialized semiconductor distributor of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA, has announced the extension of its distribution agreement with Wavecom SA, a supplier of embedded industrial wireless communication solutions. The strategic partnership will be extended to Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland.
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Wipro and SAP expand existing partnership

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Merger deals a blow to European deregulation

[img:Jean-Fran%C3%A7ois%20Cirelli.thumbnail.jpg|Jean-François Cirelli,
Chief Executive,
Gaz de France
]Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- September 4, 2007 – The merger of two major French utility businesses – Gaz de France and Suez – has dealt a blow to the European Union’s plans to deregulate the energy industry in the region. The EU has been attempting to break up the near monopoly power of the big energy utilities in many member countries for some years now, in an effort to increase a competitive supply and allow consumers free choice of energy supplier.

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