Partnership agreement will benefit European utilities

[img:Europe.thumbnail_0.jpg| ]Trondheim, Norway and Amersfoort, The Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) --- February 26, 2008 – Powel, a global utility software solutions company and FOUNTER, a supplier of smart metering solutions, have signed a partnership agreement in which Powel will partner with FOUNTER to offer a unique suite to grid companies and energy supply and water companies in continental European markets.

José Carlos Goní§alves appointed as new CEO of Edinfor

[img:edinfor.thumbnail.jpg| ]José Carlos Gonçalves has been appointed as the new CEO of Edinfor, a LogicaCMG company. Gonçalves, who has been leading the Portuguese unit of the business, succeeds Raul Mascarenhas who is leaving the company at the end of February.

Gonçalves began his professional career in IBM, where he stayed for 12 years building up IBM’s Global Service practice in Portugal and becoming a Director and Executive Committee member. In 2001, he joined PT Prime – an IT and telco services company belonging to Portugal Telecom – as an Executive Committee member before joining CASE, a subsidiary of the Edinfor Group, as the CEO, specializing in strategic information systems consultancy. Following LogicaCMG’s acquisition of 60 per cent of Edinfor in 2005, Gonçalves has played several leading roles in the business, including Enterprise Services Managing Director as well as Managing Director of the E&U, Public Sector and IDT businesses.

Ofgem launches probe into energy supply markets

[img:buchanan.thumbnail.jpg|Alistair Buchanan,
Chief Executive,
Ofgem
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 22, 2008 – U.K. energy regulator Ofgem has launched a probe into the electricity and gas supply markets for households and small businesses.

Ofgem chief executive Alistair Buchanan said: “The decision to conduct the probe is in response to public concern about whether the market is working effectively. We are concerned about the increased volatility of wholesale prices and we want to investigate how European and other global energy market developments are affecting energy bills in Britain.

Management changes at RWE

Leonhard Birnbaum
Leonhard Birnbaum
German utility RWE has announced changes in its senior management as part of its efforts to reorganize the company's functioning structure. The utility is centralizing group functions in a bid to maintain focus on sustainable growth.

RFP for energy meters – Romania; Closing date March 5, 2008

Company: CET S.A. Bacau
Country: Romania
Product/Service
: Request For Proposals for energy meters
Type: RFP
Closing Date
: March 5, 2008
Reference
: TRAD 1716

First area-wide usage of smart meters in Germany

[img:bonekamp-thumb_0.jpg|Berthold Bonekamp,
CEO, RWE Energy
]Dortmund, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- February 21, 2008 – German utility RWE will be equipping 100,000 households in Mülheim an der Ruhr with smart electricity meters, a project which represents the first area-wide deployment of smart meters in the country. Installation will start in the summer.

Scalable multi-energy AMM

[img:StefanWeber_501.thumbnail.jpg|Stefan Weber,
Executive Vice
President Europe,
Landis+Gyr
]Zug, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- February 21, 2008 – Landis+Gyr has released its latest version of the most widely used AMM system in Europe – AIM 3.0, a multi-energy advanced meter management solution.

AIM 3.0 makes the utility processes of operating, monitoring and managing electricity, heat, gas and water more efficient as it integrates them into one system. The power quality information in AIM 3.0 can be used to increase energy efficiency by optimizing electricity network capacity. It also enables better awareness of network status by finding out where more voltage is needed and to identify at which metering points power outages and voltage changes have occurred. Together, these functionalities contribute toward the development of a smart grid.

Metering is the fairest way of paying for water

[img:Consumer_0.jpg| ]Birmingham, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 19, 2008 – The U.K. Consumer Council for Water, a statutory body representing water consumers in England and Wales, has welcomed Thames Water's decision to implement a fairer system of charging that applies only to customers who have requested a water meter but are unable to have one installed.

Metering is the fairest way of paying for water, as metered customers pay in relation to the water they use. Switching to a meter particularly benefits small households and those with comparatively low water use. Anyone can ask for a water meter to be installed free of charge, but some properties are unable to be metered for a number of reasons, such as having shared pipes.

Swedish Utility Halmstad opts for advanced metering system

[img:hem.thumbnail.jpg| ]Halmstad, Sweden and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 18, 2008 – Swedish utility Halmstad Energi och Miljö AB has selected Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system for updating its customer base of 38,000 electricity meters. Echelon Corporation is a provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption

Italian customers promised price certainty

[img:italian_flag.thumbnail.jpg| ]Milan, Italy --- (METERING.COM) --- February 15, 2008 – Italian utility Eni has launched the Prezzo Certo Decrescente (Reducing Fixed Price) offer, whereby its power and gas prices will be capped for two years and will decrease in the second year. As part of the promotion Eni is also offering a free household energy consultation which allows customers to save money thanks to a more efficient use of energy.

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