ESB allocates funds for smart meters

[img:esb_0.gif| ]Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- April 8, 2008 - Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has committed to spending €6.5 billion on facilitating renewables, including smart metering and smart networks.

The allocation forms part of a €22 billion capital investment programme aimed at establishing ESB as a world class renewables company. By 2020 ESB aims to deliver one-third of its electricity from renewable generation and to have halved its carbon emissions, with achievement of carbon net-zero by 2035.

Badger Meter acquires GALAXY AMI technology

[img:meeusen.thumbnail.jpg|Richard Meeusen,
President & CEO,
Badger Meter
]Neuffen, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- April 8, 2008 – Badger Meter, Inc. has acquired the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology used in the GALAXY® fixed base network meter reading system from Miltel Communications Ltd. of Israel.

“We are seeing a growing interest in fixed base network AMI systems in the water utility industry,” said Richard A. Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter. “We have worked closely with Miltel Communications to evolve the GALAXY product line into one of the most advanced communication technologies in the industry. Acquiring the AMI technology from Miltel is a logical next step that enables us to invest in continuing to grow and enhance this product line.

Rollout of smart meters in the U.K. under way

[img:buchanan.thumbnail.jpg|Alistair Buchanan,
Chief Executive,
]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 7, 2008 – The rollout of smart meters in the U.K. has received a boost with the announcement by E.ON that it is installing 7,000 such meters as part of a pilot scheme to establish customers’ reactions to the additional energy information that will be available.

Trials confirm next- generation smart metering can identify power- hungry appliances

[img:Tom%20Fryers.thumbnail.jpg|Tom Fryers,
Commercial Director,
]Cambridge, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 7, 2008 – As the U.K. Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) prepares to announce its conclusions on the rollout of smart metering, initial trials of a device to allow smart meters to disaggregate electrical load by appliance type are showing positive results. The system, called Coracle, has been developed by Cambridge company Sentec, a research organization specializing in the utility metering sector. It supplies real time information on the consumption of electricity from a single point of measurement, which can be taken from a smart meter or home display device.

Ofwat seeks to develop consumer experience measures

[img:2OfwatLogo_0.gif| ]London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 4, 2008 – U. K. water regulatory body Ofwat plans to pilot new measures of consumer experience during 2008-09, following on from a workshop held in 2007 where stakeholders suggested that such measures would be useful.

Ofwat has been working in consultation with a group of companies and the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) to develop suitable tools. The plan is to pilot and refine the new measures over the next two years so that the industry is in a position to provide robust and comparable data by April 2010. Ofwat has recently issued a separate paper on its review of the Overall Performance Assessment (OPA) but envisages that these measures would become a key element of a revised OPA.

Craig Boundy appointed Chief Executive Global Operations at Logica

[img:craig-boundy_0_1.jpg| ]Craig Boundy has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Global Operations at Logica, the European IT and business services company. Boundy will also join Logica’s Executive Committee.  

He will be responsible for the management of Logica’s blended delivery programme, consolidating tools and processes across the business and managing the company’s offshore centers, currently based in India, the Philippines and Morocco. He will report to Logica’s CEO, Andy Green.

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.

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