Metrix awards smart meter contract

[img:Metrix_0.gif| ]Auckland, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- August 4, 2008 - New Zealand utility Metrix has awarded a contract to Elster for a full-scale deployment of its EnergyAxis® System in Auckland. The system will feature 300,000 REX® smart meters built on a new meter platform conforming to IEC standards.

Metrix will use the EnergyAxis System to collect interval usage data daily across its entire smart meter population allowing it to offer value-added services to retail electric providers and consumers. In the future, retail electricity providers may use the interval metering data to offer flexible rate plans and empower consumer-driven energy conservation.

New meters for New South Wales water resources

[img:Nathan.thumbnail.jpg|Nathan Rees,
Water Minister,
]Sydney, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- July 25, 2008 - The New South Wales government is to spend $131 million (US$125 million) installing and replacing 9,500 water meters for groundwater sources, unregulated rivers and streams in the Murray-Darling Basin.

According to state water minister Nathan Rees the government will pay to replace 6,000 meters on regulated rivers, but there is some discussions around contributions towards the others by those who extract groundwater.

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.

Australia’s first one-stop energy efficiency center opens

[img:George_0.gif|George Maltabarow,
Managing Director,
]Homebush, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- July 9, 2008 – Australia’s most extensive display of energy efficient technology, advice and appliances has been brought together under one roof at EnergyAustralia’s new Energy Efficiency Center. The Center highlights energy use in homes, offices and commercial businesses though hands-on displays and real examples of energy efficient appliances and how to use them.

Tender seeks to reduce the cost of water meters

[img:nz-flag_0.jpg| ]Canterbury, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- July 4, 2008 – Environment Canterbury, a New Zealand-based organization that provides environmental management and information in the Canterbury region, has said it will put out a tender to suppliers of water meters to get a better deal for water consent holders. Water meters will soon be a requirement for all consented water takes in the region.

Australia’s energy ministers commit to develop national smart meter framework

[img:MCE.thumbnail.jpg| ]Canberra, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2008 - Australia’s energy ministers have committed to the development of a consistent national framework for smart meters in the National Electricity Market (NEM), and support distributors being responsible for the rollout of the smart meters.

At their meeting last week the Ministerial Council of Energy (MCE) agreed that while smart meter deployment in the different jurisdictions would be on varied timescales, a consistent national framework would maximize the benefits of such rollout. The technical and operational aspects of this framework will be developed through a co-regulatory model by the National Stakeholder Steering Committee (NSSC), which is currently being established. The timeline for its completion will be agreed by the end 2008.

Mixed reactions to pay-as-you-go meters in Western Australia

[img:australia-flag_0.gif| ]Perth, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2008 – Prepayment, or pay-as-you-go meters, are being trialed in several communities in Western Australia, and reactions to the new system are mixed.

The Western Australia Office of Energy is positive about the concept, saying that it offers an option to those families who have difficulty meeting their obligations to pay for energy use monthly. A prepayment meter also allows the cost of power to be shared among family members.

Collaboration provides a cost effective solution for AMM markets

[img:didier_dutronc_0.jpg|Didier Dutronc,
Wavecom Asia-
Pacific, Ltd.
]Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and Singapore, Asia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2008 – Wavecom SA, a provider of industrial wireless technology, has announced a collaboration with EDMI Limited, a manufacturer of AMI systems, for launching advanced metering infrastructure to markets in Australia and New Zealand.

Association calls for strategic response to electric issues

[img:nz-flag_0.jpg| ]Christchurch, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- June 12, 2008 – The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA), is calling for a more strategic response to the issues stakeholders face with the electricity system, involving a clearly defined and programmed response to the domestic use of electricity to ensure that all users, domestic, commercial and industrial can respond to supply shortages.

Bad domestic energy habits are costly EnergyAustralia finds

[img:Paul%20Myors_0.jpg|Paul Myors,
Energy Efficiency
]Sydney, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 11, 2008 - Bad habits with domestic appliances could be adding millions of dollars to household electricity bills and pushing up greenhouse gas emissions by several million tonnes, a new study by Australian utility EnergyAustralia has found.

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