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.
The Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s largest electricity utility, has placed an order for 25,000 SENTINEL solid-state electricity meters from Itron. CFE covers the whole of Mexico, with more than 20 million customers and 163 power-generating plants.
The agreement represents Itron’s largest-ever international sale of the SENTINEL meter. Beyond the initial 25,000 meters, CFE also has the option to purchase an additional 37,000 units over the next year. SENTINEL meters are used for commercial and industrial metering applications by electric utilities throughout the world.
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Adolfo Larach (r.)]San Pedro Sula, Honduras --- (METERING.COM) --- May 16, 2007 –Manuel Zelaya, President of Honduras, inaugurated one of the most modern AMI deployments in the Americas in the city of San Pedro Sula last Friday, May 11.
The AMI project, being carried out by Empresa Nacional de Energia Electrica (ENEE) with the aim of reducing non-technical losses and increasing revenues, is using Elster's EnergyAxis System.