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.
EnergyAustralia]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.
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.
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.
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.
EnergyAustralia]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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New Zealand, DST]Brisbane, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 3, 2008 – Brisbane Water, one of the largest water utilities in Australia serving close to one million consumers, has completed a range of initiatives which have allowed it to enjoy productivity benefits, meet the demands of legislative and drought issues, and convert its customers from water wasters to water savers.
By Jenny Bailey
Outsourcing is appealing to water utilities because they are natural monopolies. That is, by their nature there is limited ability for them to have competitors. It would clearly be inefficient to install multiple sets of water and sewer pipes to service properties – a high capital cost to deliver a low value product. In addition, elements of the service provided by water companies are a public good – something from which everyone gains a benefit and for which it is difficult for individuals to be charged. For example, the entire community gains benefits from the installation of a sewage treatment plant that prevents rivers and bays from becoming polluted.