RFP for LV portion – Vietnam; Closing date October 3, 2008

Company:Thua Thien Hue Rural Energy Project II Management Unit
Country: Vietnam
Product/Service
: Request for proposals for LV portion for the Rural Energy II Project
Type:
RFP
Closing Date
: October 3, 2008
Reference
: TRAD 1754

ICSA India acquires meter assets of ECE Industries

[img:icsa_75_0.jpg| ]New Delhi, India ---- (METERING.COM) --- August 7, 2008 - ICSA India Ltd., which provides embedded technology solutions for the power sector, has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Delhi-based ECE Industries Ltd. to acquire the entire machinery and equipment along with available drawings, design and data pertaining to the manufacture of energy meters from their Hyderabad-based plant.

INDIAN ELECTRICITY METERING DUMB TO SMART METERS – THE JOURNEY THUS...

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.

USAID embarks on water project in India

[img:USAID_0.jpg| ]Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Mumbai, India --- (METERING.COM) --- July 14, 2008 – The USAID ECO-Asia Water and Sanitation Program will see a partnership between Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) of India and Ranhill Utilities Bhd of Malaysia that will bring improved water supplies to homes in the state of Maharashtra.

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.

INDIAN ELECTRICITY METERING DUMB TO SMART METERS – THE JOURNEY THUS...

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

Nothing for nothing …

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.

Bringing smart metering to India

[img:frits_0.jpg|Frits Bruggink,
Senior Vice-President,
Utility Solutions,
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.

Water meters for Azerbaijan

[img:rzayev2_0.jpg|Azersu president,
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.

DSTi opens Shanghai office

[img:rhondalepsch_0.jpg|Rhonda Lepsch,
CEO, DST
International, Asia
]Shanghai, China --- (METERING.COM) --- July 3, 2008 – DST International (DSTi), a provider of business software and work management solutions to the investment management industry, has announced the opening of a new office in Shanghai.  

CEO Tom Abraham said at the opening ceremony: “Having worked in Asia for many years, this is my first official Chinese ceremonial duty. Realizing that this is not a time for celebrations in China, DSTi’s local and international staff held a collection for victims of the Sichuan Earthquake. I have been amazed by the compassion and generosity I have seen exhibited here in the aftermath of the earthquake. I feel proud of DSTi’s Chinese staff, our company and China’s response to this tragedy.”

International focus at Metering, Billing/CRM India: Register before July 31 to...

The 2nd annual Metering, Billing/CRM India taking place October 14-16, 2008 in Mumbai, India will offer a broad international focus.

The high-level speakers at this event include several international case studies on AMI, smart metering, billing and CRM. For the first time this year, the event will also be co-located with Smart Grids India, which will discuss infrastructure requirements and technologies to modernize the existing grid infrastructure and change the “dumb grid” into a “smart grid”.

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