A note to cabinet said the proposal would encourage customers to generate their own electricity through renewable sources of power such as solar, hydro or biomass in their own premises. Customers would be paid cash for excess power over a metering period (usually a month) but they would be able to carry the excess power forward to be used in the future.
The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the largest electricity distributor in the Philippines, has said it will begin the refund process early in the new year. These deposits had been collected since the mid 1980s. The ERC has stipulated that customers must be able to choose between having their deposits returned in cash, having the amount credited to future electricity bills, or using it as an offset against any other claims Meralco may have. Interest will be paid at varying amounts up to a maximum of 10 percent, depending on when the deposit was levied.
By Rosila Senan
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is the major electrical utility in Malaysia and has around 7 million electrical meters to read every month. Since the cost of manual meter reading is considered relatively low for the majority of small consumers, the drive to automate meter reading has been a difficult journey in terms of cost justification. Hence, TNB has started AMR on the large consumers first, numbering around 60,000, with whom it was estimated huge potential savings could be obtained from more efficient metering data collection for analysis of metering irregularities and automation of the billing process.
By Navaneethakrishnan Murugesan
The electric utility environment in India is undergoing rapid changes. Until recently the system was vertically integrated, but the Electricity Act 2003 introduced open access in the transmission and distribution sectors. In this environment much information needs to be exchanged among the various participants, including consumers, for which the electronic energy meter is key. As a result the issue of the communication protocol adopted in the meter has become increasingly important and to date Indian meter manufacturers have adopted a variety of communication protocols in their meters.
By Rajesh Bansal
India’s economy is growing at a rapid pace, but electricity supply remains a problem. In order to maintain the economic growth rate, the power sector has become a priority sector for the government of India.
High aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses and shortage of power during peak periods are typical problems with most distribution companies in India. It is felt that if India’s strengths in IT and its communication network are clubbed with metering technology, then this will help considerably in solving these problems.
By Nagene Kim
A new split core current transducer (CT) has been launched by J&D Electronics for advanced techniques for customers in the power and energy industries.
By Jeff Lund
Since the turn of the century, European utilities have led the world in deploying next-generation metering systems. These systems go beyond traditional AMR systems by including smart meters and an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to offer valueadded and smart grid applications. As other regions around the world begin to roll out AMI systems, much can be learned from the experiences of these initial European deployments.
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.