CEO, OSI]Kingston, Jamaica --- (METERING.COM) --- January 17, 2008 – The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) has signed a contract with Open Systems International, Inc. to supply OSI’s next-generation energy management system (EMS) technology.
JPS is an integrated electric utility company and the sole distributor of electricity in Jamaica, purchasing power from a number of independent power producers. JPS owns and operates 28 generating units, 54 substations and approximately 14,000 kilometers of transmission and distribution lines. The utility’s main motivation for choosing OSI was OSI’s open technology, excellent customer service and software assurance program, which allows JPS to maintain and upgrade the hardware and software in Jamaica without reliance on any third party hardware or software supplier.
The approach of the end of a year is always a time for reflection and 2007 has proven to be an interesting and important year for the metering industry.
The first major trend of note was the remarkable surge in interest in smart metering – and not just in the US but across the globe from Europe to Australasia. As analyst Karen Blackmore writes in these pages, as a result of initiatives that have surfaced during the past year in countries that one might not have put on the “top ten” list, “smart metering (is) truly a worldwide event.” (page ..) And in this magazine and at the events that Smart Energy International has hosted, the “buzz” and “energy” has been palpable, with more and more people wanting to keep abreast with developments and network with industry peers.
Elster Electricity]Tegucigalpa, Honduras --- (METERING.COM) --- October 10, 2007 –Empresa Nacional de Energia Electrica (ENEE) of Honduras has been selected as the winner of Utility Planning Network's (UPN) 2007 Metering Award Program for AMR Initiative – International. ENEE is being recognized by UPN based on its execution of an aggressive revenue protection program using advanced metering technology (AMI) to prevent financial collapse.
International Market]Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 29, 2007 – The Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has signed a contract with Itron Inc. to deliver the largest and most comprehensive advanced metering system in that region of the world. The deployment is expected to fundamentally transform the way the utility conducts business and serves its customers, said Doug Staker, vice president of the Itron International Group.
2007 is set to go down as an important year for energy markets across the globe. In the US smart metering has established itself in the utility sector, with tens of millions of meters in planning and prospect, and with it the clear mainstreaming of the need for demand response and other sustainability initiatives to address climate change.
Honduras’ Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE) is to instal Elster’s EnergyAxis system in a 35,000 smart meter deployment beginning in December.
The installation is aimed at both residential and commercial and industrial customers and is aimed at reducing non-technical losses and dealing with delinquent accounts.
The installation will include the urban area of San Pedro Sula in northwest Honduras as well as smaller sites in the urban areas of Tegucigalpa in the south and La Ceiba in the Atlantic region, and is expected to be completed within six months.
A stronger focus on the customer and loss reduction are the two most important issues utilities across the Central American and Caribbean region should be focusing on in the years ahead, delegates to Metering Central America and Caribbean agreed.
And modern metering technologies, such as automatic meter reading (AMR), power line carrier (PLC) and prepayment, will enable them to do this – and thus, urged Felipe Corriols, coordinator of the metering department of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), in a discussion on the future of metering in the region, while such high investment projects may be difficult to justify, particularly for the public utilities, it is essential that companies move to introducing these technologies.
Grinpal is a 50-50 joint venture between multinational technology company Saab Grintek and South African-owned engineering firm Palace Engineering Services. The Indian contract has been signed with power distributor Emco, and work on installing 3 million meters began in March.