Kentucky co-op deploys OATI meter data tech; S.Africa’s US$70m rollout ‘back on’

EKPC uses OATI meter data management
EKPC will supply wholesale electricity organisation PJM with hourly meter data using OATI’s webMeter system

In the US, the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has completed phase one of a centralised demand management system in a bid to meet the market requirement of wholesale electricity organisation PJM Interconnection.

Minnesota-based software company OATI is supplying its webSmartEnergy solution to allow EKPC to ‘listen’ for specific notifications from the regional transmission organisation and process them through webDistribute

As part of the phase one software installation, OATI’s webMeter will collect metering information from EKPC’s meter data management solution and provide the required hourly metering data file associated with each customer for each PJM event.

Phase two of the project will integrate EKPC’s webSmartEnergy centralized DMS with 16 member cooperatives for direct load control. It will also configure with two new demand response programmes: residential direct load control for water heaters and air conditioners.

As well as Kentucky, PJM Interconnection coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity across Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Pretoria smart meter rollout back on

Tshwane smart prepaid meter
The City of Tshwane launched a consumer campaign in 2013 with the strapline ‘it’s simple, it’s smart, it’s prepaid’

In other metering news, the metropolitan area of Tshwane in South Africa is believed to be appointing a new smart meter provider within the next six months.

This follows the cancellation of a ZAR830 million (US$70 million) contract for smart metering with supplier PEU Capital.

The City of Tshwane’s mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, told a briefing in Pretoria this week that the smart meter project was back up and running.

According to Mr Ramokgopa, the contract with PEU will officially be terminated on 30 June. 

The mayor also said city did not incur any penalties and it can prove that it did not lose the ZAR800 million (US$70 million) as “every cent can be accounted for”.

Due to an agreement with PEU, the city “will not be paying any exit fees,” the mayor said.

“PEU has given Tshwane its IP. We will be going out on tender soon,” he added. “The new partners are expected to take over from PEU on 1 January, 2016.”

In March 2013, the city of Tshwane launched a 900,000 smart meter rollout in a bid to improve revenue collection and reduce non-technical losses.

The project, named ‘Securities of Revenue’ by the municipality, planned to install prepaid smart electricity meters to large and small power users.

The contract came under attack from Pretoria-based business rights watchdog AfriBusiness, which launched an application in the North Gauteng High Court declaring the contract invalid.

PEU ran into financial difficulties as a result of the legal challenge, according to local media.

An industry insider, who asked not to be named, attributed the failure of the rollout due to lack of preparation. Tshwane allegedly did not carry out a pilot before launching the wide scale deployment.