Worldwide deployments of automated metering units through 2007 were 179 million units, according to the newly released 7th edition of the Scott Report: International Deployments of Automated Metering Devices.
The top three suppliers were Echelon, Itron and Cellnet. However, North American dominance of the automated metering industry is gradually changing as Chinese and European companies increase shipments.
The metering industry was very different 10 years ago from what it is today. Then it was very much a niche market, with few entanglements. Automatic meter reading, still relatively young, was beginning to take off in a big way, driven by better billing and internal cost reduction requirements, but there were few solutions available and no multi-million systems had yet been installed. Deregulation was in its infancy in many markets and the community was much smaller than it is today.
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To accomplish this task, many policy initiatives have been introduced by the government, particularly in the form of power reforms such as deregulation, The Electricity Act 2003, APDRP (Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme), RGGY (Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification scheme). As per CEA (Central Electricity Authority) regulation 2006, all new meter installations must use electronic meters; electromechanical meters are only acceptable in the case of replacements.
A USAID spokesman noted that many households in Maharashtra only have access to water for a few hours each day. MJP intends to convert 25 intermittent systems into continuous metered systems to improve this situation. The partnership with Ranhill came about because of Ranhill’s experience in improving water delivery and reducing losses.
India has been able to achieve high economic growth rates, averaging around 8% p.a., over the past couple of years. There is a need to achieve even better figures – preferably around 10% – in the power sector in the country, because the Indian government has committed itself to provide power to all by 2012.
To accomplish this task, many policy initiatives have been introduced by the government, particularly in the form of power reforms such as deregulation, The Electricity Act 2003, APDRP (Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme), RGGY (Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification scheme). As per CEA (Central Electricity Authority) regulation 2006, all new meter installations must use electronic meters; electromechanical meters are only acceptable in the case of replacements
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.
At the same time whereas a year ago the talk was about smart meters, there has been a shift in focus – as smart metering has become better understood and driven largely by legislation, such as the Energy Independence and Security Act in the US, in addition to the environmental factors – to the smart grid as well as to home area networking of the many electric and electronic appliances and devices found in the 21st century home.
Echelon]San Jose, CA, U.S.A. and New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- July 10, 2008 – Echelon Corporation has announced that HCL Infosystems Limited has become a value-added reseller (VAR) of Echelon's Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system in India. HCL Infosystems is India's leading information and communication technologies system integrator, specialising in infrastructure projects including power and utility systems.
Nizameddin Rzayev]Baku, Azerbaijan --- (METERING.COM) --- July 8, 2008 – A massive project involving the deployment of close to 1 million water meters to citizens of Azerbaijan is well under way, with completion scheduled for 2009. As at July 2005, only 4.4% of connections had installed meters.
Azersu, the country’s water utility, recognized the need for water metering several years ago. Supplies were erratic, and infrastructure severely degraded. In addition there was considerable wastage because of the inability to charge residents for the water they consumed, and illegal connections to water lines meant that the utility was not receiving payment for much of the water distributed. Azersu established a dedicated task team to visit customer premises and check for violations; in the first nine months of 2007 alone supplies to over 17,000 customers were discontinued for non-payment of their water bills.
Since the deployment of meters began, paying bills has been made easier as residents are able to pay at local banks and post offices.
In January 2005, the Government of Azerbaijan issued a decree on water metering “for the purpose of efficient water consumption, water distribution and improvement of registration and acceleration of water metering.” This regulation authorized Azersu to install water meters, regardless of ownership form, at points of water delivery, enabling better control of water production, distribution, and consumption for domestic and non-domestic use. The project also allows the financing of additional rehabilitation works on the distribution network.