Sydney, Australia—(METERING.COM)—June 21, 2006 – Integral Energy, the second largest state-owned energy corporation in New South Wales, announced today that it has chosen Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) system for an advanced metering project in Australia. The utility expects the project to initially serve 3,000 residential customers in Sydney, with an option to extend this number to 7,000, at a time when government agencies at both state and national level are planning to introduce regulations that require some level of advanced electricity metering infrastructure.
The demand for electricity in Integral Energy’s area is expected to grow by 45% over the next decade, with its customer base expected to increase by 29% in the same period. These trends have led Integral Energy to take a leading role within Australia as it looks for ways to apply advanced technologies to its operations. The NES System offers an advanced metering solution that will allow the utility to offer its customers improved service and the ability to reduce energy consumption.
Karen Waldman, Integral Energy’s General Manager Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, says that Integral Energy is taking the initiative to get ahead of the increasing energy demands through investment in advanced metering solutions. She points out that this is the first large-scale project in Australia using this technology, which transmits data about customers’ energy usage and power quality along existing power lines. It also provides a wide range of benefits at a lower cost than traditional ways of remote meter reading, lowering the potential cost of a full roll-out.
Waldman adds that Integral Energy will now be in a position to improve its service to customers through remote reconnection and disconnection, increased information about the quality of the power supplied, and real-time notification of outages.