Melbourne, Australia — (METERING.COM) — June 10, 2009 – Australian electrical distributors CitiPower and Powercor Australia have announced the partnerships to support the rollout of its government-mandated advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program.
The smart meters will be provided by Landis+Gyr and PRI Australasia, and Silver Spring Networks will provide the network infrastructure, communications devices and software that will connect the smart meters to CitiPower and Powercor’s electricity distribution networks.
The agreements combined represent the largest single commitment so far to the Victorian government’s AMI project and were formally announced by the state’s minister for energy and resources, Peter Batchelor, yesterday.
“These combined agreements mark a major milestone in a project that will ultimately transform the way consumers use and think about electricity, and which will allow electricity distributors to manage the electricity supply more effectively and efficiently for decades to come,” said Batchelor.
CitiPower and Powercor expect to begin installing the smart meters late this year, and to complete the project by the end of 2013.
As part of the project, CitiPower and Powercor will facilitate other applications, including remote connect/disconnect and demand response. Time of use tariffs are likely to be introduced in 2010.
CitiPower and Powercor Australia is Victoria’s biggest electricity distribution business, supplying around one million residential, commercial and industrial customers across two distinct electricity networks spanning two thirds of the state. CitiPower supplies power to more than 300,000 customers in Melbourne’s central business district and inner suburbs. The Powercor network supplies more than 680,000 customers in Melbourne’s western suburbs and across central and western Victoria.