Genesis Energy is a state-owned enterprise and New Zealand’s largest energy retailer, with more than 700,000 customer accounts. Known for its innovative customer care strategies and community involvement, Genesis Energy decided to enhance its systems and business processes to facilitate greater customer focus and billing accuracy as the core of its competitive strategy.
Genesis is the largest electric and gas supplier in New Zealand, and will use the smart meters to offer its customers a range of tariffs, including weekday, weekends and off-peak rates. The utility says it will obtain the meters from a consortium of suppliers, and that contracts will be signed shortly. The meters will all be leased from a third party, rather than being purchased outright.
In some jurisdictions, notably Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, the benefits are clear-cut. However, for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Tasmania and the Northern Territory the benefits are less clear and in addition in these jurisdictions there is unlikely to be significant demand response benefits.
In today’s world things can change very quickly. This was illustrated very starkly with the recent housing market crisis in the United States, which almost overnight threw many of the world’s economies, particularly those in developing countries, into turmoil.
Not quite so sudden but no less striking has been the intensification over the past year of interest and debate on the environment, which has now reached unprecedented levels. One international meeting follows another and commentary in the press is ongoing, and indeed few of us now remain untouched by the environmental changes that are sweeping the earth, whether it is experiencing above average temperatures, stronger winds or heavier downpours of rain.
By Andrew Mackie
While it would have been useful to have an objective comparison of the performance and likely costs of the systems trialled, the wording of the published report is very careful to protect the interests of the vendors involved. For example, if system A had a hopelessly low data rate and system B’s signal was intermittently obliterated by noise and system C was ludicrously expensive to implement, and none of the others really came up to scratch, it would be highly unlikely to appear in the report in plain English. So what did happen in the trials? In the report’s conclusions the authors resorted to a cautious summing up: “…the [Trials Working Group] and the trialling participants have not indicated that the prescribed functionality, performance and service levels would be unachievable.” This language hardly inspires confidence, but the vendors are, apparently, committed to the project and to further development of their technologies.
The Utility Metering Association (UMA) held a seminar in Melbourne on 22 October 2007 as a pre-conference seminar for the Metering Billing/CRM Australia & New Zealand 2007 conference. The seminar was successful with interactive discussions covering national energy reform across electricity, the developments of gas standards and national water initiative directives. These discussions will continue in the discussion forums being developed on the UMA website.
Oracle]Redwood Shores, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 24, 2008 – Technology provider Oracle has recently won two major utility contracts – one in Australia and the other in the U.S.
EnergyAustralia has implemented Oracle® Utilities Network Management System as its outage management solution. The new system allows EnergyAustralia to quickly identify, report on and resolve power outages, while providing accurate restoration status updates to customers.