Jamaica’s electric utility Jamaica Public Service Company has selected Trilliant Incorporated to provide a complete AMI solution to support approximately 6,000 priority C&I customers across the island.
The implementation will consist of Trilliant SerViewCom® Data Acquisition and Processing Platform in combination with CellReader® Advanced Communications Modules integrated with Itron SENTINEL® meters. This combination will support realtime detection of metering anomalies and tampering, detection of service outages particularly related to major tropical storms, and timeliness and accuracy of customer billing.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is to add an additional 300,000 TWACS® automatic meter reading modules and associated substation equipment to its existing fixed network AMI system of just over one million metering endpoints.
The existing installation is cost efficient and offers hourly meter reads as well as an effective outage management system. The new contract, signed in December and valued at approximately $27 million over the next two and a half years, represents an expansion of the PREPA deployment, enabling the utility to address the remainder of its current service territory requirements and enhancing its ability to provide state-of-the-art meter reading data. Approximately 60,000 units were due to be shipped by the end of 2007, with a target of 160,000 more within the contract’s first year.
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JPS]Kingston, Jamaica --- (METERING.COM) --- February 19, 2008 – The Jamaica Public Service Company reduced system losses by over 1 percent in 2007, thanks mainly to the implementation of measures to prevent tampering and theft of electricity. This is the first time the utility has achieved a reduction in losses in six years.
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.