Smart Meters

News and insights into the latest developments in smart meters technology, utility deployment plans and the use of advanced metering infrastructure to improve customer service and demand response strategies. The focus will also include trends in wireless or fixed communications such as power line carrier (PLC) or wireless ad hoc networks over Wi-Fi, wireless mesh networks, low power long-range wireless (LORA), ZigBee (low power, low data rate wireless), and Wi-SUN (Smart Utility Networks).

PG&E installs first SmartMeter

Peter DarbeeSan Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 17, 2006 – Leaders from U.S. utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) have celebrated the installation of the first SmartMeter™ electric and gas meters, kicking off a five-year program to deploy 10.3 million such meters throughout PG&E’s service territory. The SmartMeter program will eventually offer a wide range of customer service benefits, while reducing utility costs.

IEC publishes new standard for meter data exchange

IEC LogoGeneva, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- November 17, 2006 – The IEC has published “Electricity Metering – Data exchange for meter reading, tariff and load control – Part 47: COSEM transport layers for IPv4 networks, as part of the work carried out by TC 13 – Equipment for electrical energy measurement and load control.

Dominican Republic’s EDESUR to install AMI for C&I customers

EdesurSt. Louis, MO --- (METERING.COM) --- November 14, 2006 – Empresa Distribuidora de Electricidad del Sur (EDESUR), one of the three government-owned utilities in Dominican Republic, is to instal Distribution Control Systems, Inc.’s Two-Way Automatic Communication System (TWACS®) AMI for its commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.

New version of meter data collection software

Kenda Southampton, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 15, 2006 – U.K.-based Kenda Electronic Systems has introduced a new version of its MDCS metering data collection software package used in tariff metering systems.

Operating in conjunction with Kenda’s Meteor range of remote data collection outstations, the software acquires metering data for the specified demand period (normally 30 minutes) stores it in a database, and performs calculations to provide total values and costs for billing purposes.

Trade Lead: Uganda, Africa – Hand Held Meter Reading Devices

Company: Kampala Water
Country: Uganda
Product/Service: Hand Held Meter Reading Devices
Type: Tender
Closing Date: 22 December 2006
Reference: TRAD011

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Smart meter project will test multiple pricing options

Smart MeterJoplin, MO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 12, 2006 – Utility software provider Conversant, Inc., creator of the first production-proven, 100% open source Java Customer Information System, has announced that a major mid-Atlantic utility smart metering program has selected Customer Watch, Conversant’s award winning CIS software, for real time meter data management, pricing, billing and customer information management.

BPL an attractive emerging market

Keith SchaeferPittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 10, 2006 – Tollgrade Communications, a provider of network service assurance products and services for centralized test systems around the world, has joined in the Series C investment round for BPL Global, a provider of smart grid technologies and broadband services over power lines.

Trade Lead: Canada, North America – Electricity Meters

Company: The City of Red Deer
Country: Canada
Product/Service: Supply of Electricity Meters
Type: Tender
Closing Date: 23 November 2006
Reference: TRAD010

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Trade Lead: Lithuania, Europe – Electricity Meters

Company: AB "Rytu Skirstomieji Tinklai"
Country: Lithuania
Product/Service: Supply of Electricity Meters
Type: Tender
Closing Date: 18 December 2006
Reference: TRAD009

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Honduras’ Empresa Nacional de Energí­a Eléctrica addresses non-technical losses

Ronald B. Via

Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2006 – Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE) in Honduras will install Elster Electricity's EnergyAxis System, beginning deployment in December 2006. ENEE expects to complete the installation of 35,000 smart meters for residential, commercial and industrial applications in approximately six months. The company is owned by the Honduras government, and its power generation accounts for about 30 percent of the total consumption on the National Electric System; it is the only transmission, distribution and commercialization company in the country.

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