Smart meter and BPL providers can leverage platforms beyond energy grid

[img:james.thumbnail_0.jpg|James Eades,
Chairman & CEO,
]Melbourne Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- May 5, 2008 - Telepathx Ltd., the Melbourne, Australia-based smart grid and wireless sensor network provider, will begin conditional licensing of its RFID (radio frequency identification) wireless sensor network (WSN) and communications aggregation technology to smart meter and broadband over power line manufacturers, a move the company said will allow energy providers and BPL operators a faster return on infrastructure investments.

Illegal connections a concern to Australian utility

[img:Ergon Energy_0.gif| ]Rockhampton, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- April 15, 2008 – Ergon Energy, a provider of power to 600,000 customers in Queensland, has voiced concern over the increase in the number of illegal connections its field personnel are encountering during their daily tasks. Utility spokespeople suggest the trend is as a result of the hikes in electricity tariffs; when competition was introduced in the state in 2007, tariffs rose by 11 percent, and a further increase of at least 7 percent is expected in 2008.

Genesis Energy implements new billing and customer management solution

[img:genesis%20energy.thumbnail.jpg| ]Auckland, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- April 14, 2008 – New Zealand energy retailer Genesis Energy gave the final approval to Talgentra to upgrade its enterprise billing and customer management solution on 14 August 2007, and the resulting deployment of Gentrack Velocity took just four months to complete.

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 Energy to introduce smart meters

[img:genesis%20energy.thumbnail.jpg| ]Wellington, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- March 31, 2008 – New Zealand utility Genesis Energy says it plans to install smart meters to 600,000 customers over the next few years, following the example set by other energy companies in the country

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.

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


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,
]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.

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