National rollout of smart meters may not be justified in Australia

[img:MCE.thumbnail.jpg| ]Canberra, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- March 10, 2008 - A mandatory national rollout of smart meters in Australia may not be justified, a comprehensive cost benefit analysis on smart metering and direct load control suggests.

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.

A rapidly changing world

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.

Victoria interval meter rollout – Are the AMI communication systems up...

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.

UMA seminar

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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.

Pulse Utilities complies with Electricity Commission’s Governance Rules

[img:pulse1.thumbnail.jpg| ]Auckland, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- February 1, 2008 – Pulse Utilities, a marketer and distributor of advanced metering technologies, has come through an external audit to check on compliance with the Electricity Commission’s Governance Rules, with particular reference to meter and meter data elements. The company has also had its ISO9001 certification confirmed.

Oracle wins two major utility contracts

[img:larryellisonsm.thumbnail.jpg|Larry Ellison,
CEO,
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.

Northpower goes live with network billing and asset management system

[img:Northpower_0.jpg| ]Whangarei, New Zealand --- (METRING.COM) --- January 23, 2008 – New Zealand utility Northpower has gone live with a new network billing and asset management system which will improve billing accuracy and the management of its metering asset data. The system – Gentrack Velocity – has allowed the utility to automate many of its network billing and energy retailer reconciliation processes, while the management of metering asset data has been consolidated onto Gentrack.

Northpower improves billing accuracy

[img:NZ%20map.thumbnail.jpg| ]Whangarei, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- January 11, 2008 – New Zealand utility Northpower has celebrated its go-live on a new network billing and asset management system from Talgentra, known as Gentrack Velocity. Talgentra is a Bayard Group owned enterprise software company specializing in billing, meter data and customer management solutions for the utility industry.

Victoria AMI technology trials reviewed

[img:vicgov_logo_0.gif| ]Melbourne, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- December 18, 2007 - Trials of AMI technologies in Victoria, Australia have confirmed that there are technologies available that are suitable, from the perspective of communications performance, for a state-wide rollout, but further developments of these technologies are required before deployment across the range of Victorian environments can occur.

Bayard Group continues on the acquisition trail

[img:cameron%20o%20reilly.thumbnail.jpg|Cameron O'Reilly,
Founder & MD,
Bayard Group
]Sydney, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- December 7, 2007 – The Bayard Group, which has built a global energy measurement business that is now a market leader in electricity meters and has a strong position in the rapidly growing smart metering systems market, has taken a minority stake in WACS, a provider of MDM software solutions, and has acquired Talgentra, a provider of billing and revenue management solutions to utility and airport companies in New Zealand and Australia.

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