Real-time carbon display helps to achieve carbon reduction targets

[img:Pri.thumbnail.jpg| ]Winchester, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 4, 2008 – An energy management product called Scroller for XP, developed by PRI Ltd., makes carbon reduction for organizations easier thanks to the real-time data available on a small bar that scrolls across the top of a computer screen.

The device is a simple, cost-effective way to gain a visual electricity display, providing instant, real-time data for carbon emissions (kg), electricity consumption (kWs) and costs. Other parameters are also available. It shows real-time data – accurate to the flick of a light switch – enabling staff to see what energy they use and its cost, and thus forming a sound basis for making appropriate reductions. 

U.K. smart meter start-up secures funding

[img:joelHagan_0.jpg|Joel Hagan,
Chief Executive,
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 2, 2008 - U.K. smart energy meter start-up Onzo has announced that it has secured £2 million in funding from energy company Scottish and Southern (SSE) and investment firm Sigma Capital Group, and has pledged to begin production of its energy display units by quarter four.

Water meters for all U.K. homes mooted

[img:parliament.thumbnail.jpg|Houses of Parliament]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 31, 2008 – A report on the future of the water sector in the U.K. will be released later in the week – and a group of Members of Parliament is recommending that water meters be installed in every home in the country, in an effort to encourage conservation.

Although the number of meters installed has increased in recent times, the majority of residential properties still pay a flat fee for the water they consume; the fee is based on the ratable value of the property. Parts of England have been subjected to droughts and water restrictions in the last few years, and the feeling is that water meters will help to encourage more responsible use of the resource. Metered consumption will also enable water utilities to identify leaks more easily.

U.K. government asked to introduce a mandate for the rollout of...

[img:David%20Taylor1.thumbnail.jpg|David Taylor,
MP, Labour
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 28, 2008 – The U.K. government has been asked to introduce a mandate for the rollout of smart meters, in an effort to help householders cut carbon emissions and energy bills. Earlier this week Labour MP David Taylor called for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to agree to the rollout of smart meters, which provide householders with real-time information about their energy usage in monetary and kilowatt per hour terms via an in-home display unit.

AMM project for German city

[img:logo_swd.thumbnail.gif| ]Dusseldorf, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- March 28, 2008 – Stadtwerke Duesseldorf is the first utility in Germany to implement an AMM system with the Landis+Gyr in-home display, the ecoMeter, with the aim of testing the viability of enhanced smart metering systems among its customers.

The contract, which is part of a pilot project lasting one year, comprises 10 PLC-PLAN concentrators, 1000 ZMF120 meters, 1000 PLC-PLAN modules and the ecoMeter. The first thousand ZMF120 meters are currently being installed at the homes of 1000 utility customers within the city of Dusseldorf who volunteered to be part of the project. From autumn 2008 Landis+Gyr will introduce the eco-Meter, the in-home display, into customers' homes.

Powerful savings for primary schools across Ireland

[img:irish-flag.thumbnail.jpg| ]Belfast, Northern Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- March 27, 2008 – The Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) has announced details of an exclusive deal for 3,300 primary schools with competitive electricity provider Energia, offering savings of up to ten percent on energy costs. Combined, the total annual electricity requirement of all 3,300 schools is in the order of 68 GWh, the equivalent power usage of over 14 500 homes.

PLC products dropping in price

[img:kypltd_0.gif| ]Limassol, Cyprus --- (METERING.COM) --- March 26, 2008 - Power line communication (PLC) is becoming increasingly widespread due to its ease of installation and adaptability and now products are becoming available at a price point that is set to take PLC into the mainstream.

Cyprus-based PLC solution provider KYP Alliance has announced a range of PLC products in the range US$35 to 100 based on the SM-16 family of communicators. The SM-16-V modem is a small and compact stand-alone chip, with low power consumption, making it suitable for installation in devices such as power meters. Its efficiency is almost independent of power line quality and it may be used in devices from different manufacturers.

RFP for energy meters – Romania; Closing date April 23, 2008

Country: Romania
: Request For Proposals for energy meters
Type: RFP
Closing Date
: April 23, 2008
: TRAD 1726

Energy prices increase – and so do profits

[img:british%20gas%20logo.thumbnail.gif| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 25, 2008 – Utilities in the U.K. have all increased their electric and gas tariffs in recent weeks – and now British Gas has announced record operating profits, generating some adverse comment.

According to gas and electricity watchdog energywatch, average gas bills have risen 108.6% and electricity bills by 69.6% since January 2003. The most recent utility – the last of the big six –to announce price hikes was Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), whose customers’ gas bills will go up by an average of 15.8%, with electricity bills increasing by an average of 14.2% on 1 April.

National Grid appeals Ofgem fine

[img:John%20Mogg%20resize_0.jpg|Sir John Mogg,
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 25, 2008 – Last month U.K. energy regulator Ofgem fined utility National Grid £41.6 million ($82.5 million) for a breach of competition law that restricted the development of competition in the domestic gas meter market; National Grid has appealed the decision.

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