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.

Next generation transceiver chip to be developed

[img:Coronis%20logo_0.gif| ]Montpellier, France and Leuven, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- November 13, 2007 – Coronis Systems, a provider of ultra-low power wireless OEM solutions for both short range and long range wireless sensor, control and metering networks and Essensium N.V., a fables semiconductor provider of low power system-on-chip ASIC solutions, have announced an agreement to collaborate on the next generation Wavenis technology transceiver chip.

Energy regulation in Latin America

Ricardo José CarattiBy Ricardo José Caratti

Loss reduction and revenue collection enhancement are key preoccupations of utilities and they also must be taken into consideration by regulators. One may ask, why?

The answer is that while on the one hand the main objective of a regulator is to protect consumers’ rights, on the other the regulator also has other responsibilities such as promoting competition in the market, ensuring long term investment, regulating the level of service quality and guaranteeing fair tariffs.

SCE files positive financial smart meter plan

Southern California Edison (SCE) has filed a positive business case in its application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment activities and cost recovery mechanism.

In this Phase III of the Edison SmartConnect project, SCE proposes to install approximately 5.3 million state-of-the-art “smart” meters in every household and business under 200 kW throughout its service territory over a five-year period beginning in 2008.

Cellnet and Hunt unite to create leading advanced metering and energy...

Cellnet Technology and Hunt Technologies have united as Cellnet+Hunt to offer the broadest range of proven advanced metering and infrastructure communications systems to electric, gas and water utilities.

With a staff of 700 and over 20 million advanced metering endpoints installed or under contract for more than 500 utilities worldwide, Cellnet+Hunt is a market leader in advanced metering and energy efficiency systems for utility companies.

Compulsory metering for water stressed areas in England

Water companies in areas of serious water stress in England will be able to seek compulsory water metering as part of their 25-year forward plans, UK environment minister Phil Woolas has announced.

The proposal follows a consultation with companies, regulators, charities and the public, and adds metering to the raft of options for companies, including developing new resources, for ensuring long term security of supply. It will come into effect after the Price Review 2009.

An important year for energy markets

The approach of the end of a year is always a time for reflection and 2007 has proven to be an interesting and important year for the metering industry.

The first major trend of note was the remarkable surge in interest in smart metering – and not just in the US but across the globe from Europe to Australasia. As analyst Karen Blackmore writes in these pages, as a result of initiatives that have surfaced during the past year in countries that one might not have put on the “top ten” list, “smart metering (is) truly a worldwide event.” (page ..) And in this magazine and at the events that Smart Energy International has hosted, the “buzz” and “energy” has been palpable, with more and more people wanting to keep abreast with developments and network with industry peers.

New generation meter management solution

[img:ittia1.thumbnail.png| ]Kent, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 12, 2007 – Puget Sound Energy has appointed database solution provider ITTIA to design, develop and deliver a new generation meter management solution to streamline the processing of meters and equipment in the utility’s repair center.

ITTIA developed an application to track and collect data from meters processed in the repair facility. By collecting information in real time and organizing it for use in business logic, meter management issues are now identified and resolved in advance. Because data and business rules are stored in a central database, the entire facility is managed through a single interface.

Corporate reorganization expands service offering

[img:leonard1_0.jpg|Leonard Graziano,
CEO, Severn Trent
Services International
]Birmingham, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 12, 2007 – In a corporate reorganization that will expand the company’s service offerings, Severn Trent Water International Ltd has been renamed Severn Trent Services International.

As Severn Trent Water International, the company offered global water utility management and contract management services encompassing institutional development; implementing effective management systems; providing assistance with issues surrounding change management; offering training and other programs associated with organizational development; and improving financial management and revenue generation. Over the last 20 years, water utilities and municipalities in more than 65 countries have employed the company’s services to become more profitable, more efficient and better-managed organizations.

PLC solution wins technology award

[img:Logo_Frost_Sullivan_140px.thumbnail.gif| ]Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2007 — Based on its recent analysis of the smart metering/grids market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized PCN Technology, Inc. with the 2007 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation. This Award is bestowed on PCN in recognition of its development of an innovative, cost effective and unique embedded input/output (I/O) solution for high quality of service powerline communication and mesh networking.

Texas utility enhances customer service

[img:billdollar1.thumbnail.jpg|Bill Dollar,
City Manager,
Garland
]Garland, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2007 – The third largest municipal utility in Texas, the multi-service utility of The City of Garland, has successfully implemented Ventyx’s latest and most advanced customer information system/billing solution, Customer Suite. Ventyx™ is a private software provider to the utility industry.

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