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.

Brisbane Water uses billing and customer care platforms to help manage...

[img:ianmathieson_0.jpg|Ian Mathieson, CEO
for Australia &
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.

Outsourcing helps achieve efficiencies

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.

The Victorian smart meter rollout and functionality specification

By Phil Perry

The responsibility for implementing this major rollout has been given to the five Victorian electricity distribution businesses that have been actively involved in the project from the start. The project will allow users to better manage their energy consumption by providing more detailed information on their electricity use and pricing and by making this information available on a more usable and timely basis

The future of smart metering in Australia

By Ann Whitfield and Adrian Kemp

Australian governments, through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), have already committed to a rollout of smart meters where the benefits are found to outweigh the costs. NERA’s study is intended to provide the informational basis for government policy decisions regarding those jurisdictions and circumstances where a mandatory rollout of smart metering to small electricity customers should proceed.

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