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Metering to meet UK energy challenge?

[Amatsia Kashti][July 17, 2006]Two pages in the new Energy Review report published by the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry last week are dedicated to smart metering and real-time displays in homes. 

The inclusion of both issues is considerable conceptual progress for an industry that, until recently, considered the actions and inactions of small consumers to be irrelevant to national energy consumption.

As the remit of the report is to assess means to address carbon reduction challenges, it focuses on the effects smart metering and real time displays could have on home energy savings. As such it neglects other aspects of this technology, such as promoting competition and the achievement of social goals.

The underlying assumption of the authors is that when provided with more accurate and timely information, consumers reduce their energy demand.  One Canadian research project quoted concludes that households “reduced their energy bills by an average of 6.5%”. On an annual basis such saving would diminish the average British annual household bills by just under £45 (US$82) or £0.90 (US$1.60) per week or £0.12 (23 USc) a day. 

Smart meters for energy saving in UK

Profiling embedded generation exports results from the UK

Conference: Metering, Billing, CRM/CIS Europe 2005.
Location: Barcelona
Presenter: John Parsons
Abstract: In this presentation John Parsons discusses the following topics : Background to UK embedded generation regulation; Metering Market Developments; P81 Profiling Approach; BEAMA Project Description; Initial Resul

Evolution of metering systems for the UK competitive market

Conference: Metering, Billing, CRM/CIS Europe 2005.
Location: Barcelona
Presenter: Colin Shoesmith
Abstract: In this presentation Colin Shoesmith discusses the following topics, GB Gas Market - the key players; Barriers to domestic AMR in Britain; Domestic AMR in GB - is there a future?; AMR drivers in the GB I&C market; AMR Solution - Gas and Electricity; AMR in Britain - where to next?

More steps needed for UK smart meter implementation

Utility switch in UK reaches record high

UK utility attempts to break into German gas market

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London, UK --- (METERING.COM) --- July 2, 2006 – Germany is a vital part of the European gas market. By 2015 more than 100 billion cubic meters of gas will pass through the country en route to other Western European markets. Centrica, a UK utility, has announced this week that it will attempt to break into this $77 billion market by opening a German office.

Household Water Metering in the UK

The number of UK households that have a water meter is on the increase – but there is no evidence yet that metering is having a significant influence on usage patterns. Rising concerns about climate change mean the time is ripe to change the way metering has been applied, to develop innovative tariffs to encourage conservation, and to start planning the cost-effective development of an appropriate metering infrastructure.

When the water industry in England and Wales was lined up for privatisation at the end of the 1980s, one of the issues was whether to include household metering as part of the flotation package. Several options were modelled, based on completing household metering by 2000 – which would have meant the installation of about 20 million meters. In the end it was decided to exclude a commitment to complete household metering and to leave it as an issue on which the newly appointed regulator, the Director of Water Services, would reach agreement with the companies in terms of pace and costs. In retrospect it is difficult to decide if this was good or bad for the industry and its customers. On the down side, those who believe that metering controls demand will point to the current supply/demand imbalance in the south-east of England and argue that, had metering been fully established, the supply companies would have been in a
better position to sustain supplies over the summer of 2006. The general view is that a metered charging system would see customers less prepared to pay for using water outdoors – the sort of use which can generate significant demand peaks in the summer and for which companies require large expensive storage.

Trade Lead: Dukhan, Qatar – Electromagnetic Flowmeter Replacement at Desalination Plant...

Company: Qatar Petroleum
Country: Asia
Product/Service: Electromagnetic Flowmeter Replacement at Desalination Plant Water Line to FSP
Type: Tender
Closing Date: 3rd Quarter 2006
Reference: TRAD004


Water Conservation Contracts Won In UK

Qonnectis plc, an energy and water conservation IT services provider, has won orders from two major UK customers. A UK national water conservation consultancy has introduced Qonnectis’ remote meter reading and myMeter web services to caravan parks on behalf of its local authority customers, allowing the authority to remotely read and analyse the water consumption at these traditionally high-consumption sites.

Work Scheduling for Meter Readers in the UK

Western Power Distribution (WPD) a UK utility that distributes electricity to 2.5 million customers, has chosen 360 Technologies’ Dynamic Scheduling Engine to schedule the work of the company’s meter reading personnel. When fully implemented, the software will introduce efficiencies, better resource management and proactive planning capabilities.

360 was able to run historic meter reading requirements through the Dynamic Scheduling Engine and validate the results against the utility’s manual processes. This project marks the company’s entry into the utilities market in the UK, where the meter reading process has become much more complicated since the energy industry was privatised.

UK Government Approve Installation of Water Meters

Ministers in the UK government have given permission to utility Folkestone and Dover Water to install water meters in the homes of all its customers. The move came after months of poor rains have left the utility’s reserves at dangerously low levels; the compulsory installation of meters is taking place in an effort to encourage conservation and limit water use.

At present most UK households are charged a flat rate for water, based on the rateable value of their property. Utilities suggest that a move to meters, with the resulting ability to charge for actual consumption, will enable them to tackle expected water shortages in the years ahead, but they also acknowledge that this will mean many customers paying more for their water than before.

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