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jonathan spencer

Over the past year steeply rising oil prices against a background of continually growing demand have brought into stark relief the costs of energy for the end user and the needs for energy efficiency and secure, sustainable supply.

Energy metering project launched in India

[img:Phumudzo%20Magidi_0.jpg|Phumudzo Magidi,
Managing Director,
]Pretoria, South Africa and New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- May 29, 2008 - Saab Grintek's integrated energy supply subsidiary, Grinpal Energy Management, has started with the installation of the first smart meters in New Delhi, India. The first project began in Tata, where the company is targeting 500 000 installations by 2010. The company said the reason it took almost two years to begin meter installations is that they had to familiarize the Indian distributors with the PLC AMR/prepaid system.

GSM/GPRS modems enable automated meter reading application in Thailand

[img:iWOW_0.gif| ]Singapore --- (METERING.COM) --- May 27, 2008 – iWOW, a provider of wireless communications solutions for the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, and Samart Group, an integrated technological service provider, have announced that Samart has selected iWOW’s iTegno GSM/GPRS modem to empower EDMI’s electronic metering device for the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), Thailand. The iTegno GSM/GPRS modem with EDMI Mk6N meter will be part of the solution for Samart to enable PEA to read their electric meters remotely.

Meralco doesn’t pay for the electricity it uses

[img:Meralco_0.jpg| ]Manila, Philippines --- (METERING.COM) --- May 19, 2008 – The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) does not pay for the electricity it uses in its head office, branch offices, call centers and computer rooms, and says that if it is forced to do so, the cost of electricity supply to its customers will have to be increased.

The provisions of the Philippine’s Anti-Pilferage Act of 1994 allow electric distribution companies to use one percent of the power they purchase from generation companies, and to pass on the cost to consumers. Meralco points out that every business includes its electricity consumption as part of its operating expenses, which are passed on to customers, and believes this should be applied to Meralco too, even if its business is the provision of electric power.

New products improve energy industry efficiency

[img:Kalkitech.thumbnail.jpg| ]Bangalore, India --- (METERING.COM) --- May 15, 2008 – Kalkitech has announced the release of three new products which are aimed at improving energy industry efficiency.

The first is the DLMS OPC Server with DA 3.0 dupport with multi-channel and multi-device capabilities. The product is conformant to the latest version of OPC (V3.0).

The OPC Server supports the COSEM/HDLC profile for serial/optical channels (with Mode E switchover included), HDLC parameter negotiation, multi-mode addressing, two authentication levels, logical and short name referencing, LN and SN services, block transfer and selective access and more.

Reducing transmission losses reduces power cuts

[img:MSEB_0.gif| ]Maharashtra, India --- (METERING.COM) --- May 14, 2008 – The Maharashtra State Electricity Board of India (MSEB) has announced that it has been able to reduce non-technical losses by as much as 8 percent, and says that as a result it will be able to reduce power cuts in the state.

Energy theft is a recurring problem – in 2007 the distribution company said it had identified 80,000 cases, which did not include meter readings that were falsified with the assistance of utility employees. It points out that when energy is not paid for the company is not recovering its costs, and thus is unable to invest in new infrastructure, with regular power cuts the result.

Customers continue to complain about meter accuracy

[img:India%20flag%202.thumbnail.gif| ]New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- May 12, 2008 – The Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum (CGRF) has released the latest statistics regarding power customer complaints – and close to 90 percent have to do with meters that allegedly run fast or allegedly incorrect bills.

The CGRF was established by India’s distribution companies in 2003 as a vehicle for responding to customer complaints. The latest figures cover the number of complaints received by the CGRF since it began operating in August 2004. While the complaints body has been successful in resolving a number of issues, it seems that energy customers are still convinced that the electronic meters installed to prevent tampering are not recording accurately.

Shortage of meters aggravates customers

[img:LESCO_0.jpg| ]Lahore, India --- (METERING.COM) --- May 9, 2008 – The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) is experiencing a shortage of electricity meters, and customers whose existing meters are not functioning properly are aggravated at the delays experienced in replacing them. It is estimated that over 20,000 LESCO customers have applied for the new meters, but are yet to receive them.

eMeter opens new office in India

[img:emeter_0.jpg| ]San Mateo, CA, U.S.A., and Noida, India --- (METERING.COM) --- May 5, 2008 – eMeter Corporation, a provider of meter data management (MDM) enterprise software to electric, gas, and water utilities, has recently opened new offices in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. eMeter now has offices in North America, Australia, and India.

"The 12,000-square-foot building was opened in response to growing interest and demand for eMeter's core product – EnergyIP™ - an enterprise MDM software platform," said Naren Prasad, Chief Product Architect, eMeter Corporation; and Chief Managing Director, eMeter India Pvt. Ltd. "The initial response to our presence in the region has been very exciting, and I am delighted that we are able to extend our talented engineering team and continue to hire the best people.”

Craig Boundy appointed Chief Executive Global Operations at Logica

[img:craig-boundy_0_1.jpg| ]Craig Boundy has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Global Operations at Logica, the European IT and business services company. Boundy will also join Logica’s Executive Committee.  

He will be responsible for the management of Logica’s blended delivery programme, consolidating tools and processes across the business and managing the company’s offshore centers, currently based in India, the Philippines and Morocco. He will report to Logica’s CEO, Andy Green.

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