Iberdrola is deeply involved in a project that gives a solution to a remote meter management mandate on its whole electric meter installed base. The Spanish Ministerial Order ITC/3860/2007 sets the obligation for all utilities operating in Spain to replace all their meters below 15 kW with new smart meters by 2018. This implies the rollout of around 10 million new units in the case of Iberdrola. The consortium formed by Iberdrola along with Advanced Digital Design, CURRENT Group, Landis+Gyr, STMicroelectronics, uSysCom and ZIV Medida has been working hard to produce a set of specifications that may get the best result out of the previously designed physical layer, and with the constraints imposed by the different low voltage networks targeted within this effort.
A decision by the UK Government to mandate the introduction of smart metering could lead to an expectation that the whole of the existing meter population would need to be replaced. However, there are millions of metering assets fitted in Britain that still have many years of economic and technical life remaining. In considering whether to scrap those meters, account should be taken of the environmental burden of disposal and the purchase of new meters where it might otherwise have been avoided.
The rate of real estate development in the Middle East today is placing utilities under increasing pressure to monitor energy consumption in a cost-efficient way. “Nowadays they are building cities upwards,” says Ali Mouslmani, regional director of metering systems manufacturer Elster Electricity. “A building has an average of at least 30 floors and maybe five meter units on each floor. That is 150 units to measure in one building. Multiply this by the number of buildings being built in the whole region and you can imagine the number of meters required.” This will make it very challenging for meter readers.
The electricity distribution utilities in the province of Ontario, Canada are committed to assisting the provincial government to achieve its goal of deploying smart meters to every Ontario residence and small business by 2010, a number that totals over four million meters.
Making the announcement during the Report Stage of the Energy Bill, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, said:
Under the agreement, the San Francisco-based utility plans to deploy next generation Landis+Gyr FOCUS(TM) advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meters to empower residential and small business customers in Northern and Central California to make smarter energy choices, better manage their use of electricity, cut their electricity bills, and help protect the environment.
Product/Service: Request for proposals for Supply and Installation of Meters and Associated Plant
Closing Date: January 9, 2009
Reference: TRAD 1773
Product/Service: Request for proposals for Static Single Phase/Three Phase Energy Meters - MEPCO/MMM/ICB-15
Closing Date: December 22, 2008
Reference: TRAD 1771