Danish utility awards contract for an advanced metering system

[img:jesperhjulmand.thumbnail.jpg|Jesper Hjulmand,
CEO,
SEAS-NVE
]Svinninge, Denmark --- (METERING.COM) --- July 16, 2008 – Danish utility SEAS-NVE has awarded an advanced metering infrastructure project to Echelon Networked Energy Services (NES) value-added reseller partner Eltel Networks A/S, with meter data management system (MDMS) and enterprise software tools from NES VAR partner Görlitz AG. The project, which is targeted to begin in the fourth quarter of 2008 and complete by the end of 2011, will see Eltel deploying NES advanced metering infrastructure to approximately 390,000 SEAS-NVE customers.

Vertex buys Alliance Data’s Utility Services business

[img:richardGraham_0.jpg|Richard Graham,
CEO,
Vertex
]Prescot, U.K. and Dallas, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 16, 2008 – Vertex, a global outsourcing firm, has announced an agreement with Alliance Data Systems Corporation to acquire the company’s Utility Services business. Alliance Data’s Utility Services provides billing systems, professional services and process outsourcing to utilities in the U.S. and Canada. The company previously announced its intention to sell its Utility Services business to focus on its long-term strategy of delivering loyalty and marketing solutions. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.

RUSSIA: THE LAST REFORM

RAO UES is a shareholder (up to 100%) of almost all energy companies in the Russian federation – 64 net companies, 25 generation companies, and 54 retail companies. The estimated power of its plants was 161,500 MW in the year 2007, producing 706 million MW*h of electric energy. The total retail volume was about 900 million MWh.

The reorganisation of RAO UES of Russia will be the logical completion of the electricity sector restructuring and the formation of the industry’s new competitive structure. It will result in the establishment of various target companies – Federal Grid Company (FGC UES), Wholesale Generation Companies (WGC), Territorial Generation Companies (TGC) etc. – and RAO UES will cease to exist after its merger with and into FGC UES. The shares in non-target companies, particularly retail companies, must be traded until the merger has been completed.

SMART STEPS TO A LOW CARBON AGE IN THE UK

While the UK government has decided to move ahead with smart metering for mediumlarger businesses by 2013, it has announced that further consultation and analysis is required before a final decision can be made on a rollout to homes and small businesses. Smart meters have the potential to reconnect consumers with the realities of their energy consumption. When one considers that the domestic energy sector currently accounts for 27 percent of the UK’s carbon emissions, it’s no big leap to suggest that an improvement in consumer habits stands to make a significant impact on reducing the country’s total CO2 output. While in the UK the debate rages on, its continental neighbours are moving apace.

Partnership to develop more efficient AMM communications

[img:picture2_0.jpg| ]Chisinau, Moldova and Dallas, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 15, 2008 – Meter manufacturer ADD GRUP and Texas Instruments (TI), a provider of high performance analog products, have joined forces to develop a new and more efficient communication technology that will aid the spread of advanced meter management (AMM) systems.

The implementation of standards and technologies such as DLMS and TCP/IP protocols for interoperability result in heavier protocols and greater data volumes, and the carrying capacity of the infrastructure is not always able to support their introduction. The most natural medium for carrying the data is the power line, but today’s technology, based as it is on FSK modulation, is not always able to conduct the required data flow.

UK SMART METER START-UP SECURES FUNDING

UK smart energy meter start-up Onzo has announced that it has secured £ 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.

Under the deal, SSE and Sigma are to invest £1 million each in the company to fund the final phase of the development process. SSE has also placed initial orders worth more than £7 million for Onzo’s energy display products and data services and has secured exclusive rights to provide the technology to its customers in the UK and Ireland.

NIE ENERGY OFFERS PAY-AS-YOU-GO CUSTOMERS AN ONLINE PAYMENT SERVICE

NIE Energy of Northern Ireland has over 00,000 customers who use prepayment meters, and the company has recently introduced a way for them to pay for the electricity online. Up until now customers would visit vending stations to buy more electricity credit, or alternatively purchase credits over the telephone using NIE Energy’s 4/7 automated service. Now those who have access to the web are able to visit the company’s site and make their purchases online.

ONCOR TO PURCHASE CURRENT’S SMART GRID NETWORK

Oncor Electric Delivery Company has agreed to purchase CURRENT Group LLC’s existing smart grid network, a transaction which involves the largest broadband-based smart grid deployment in the world. It will enable Oncor to provide smart grid services to up to one-sixth of its service territory.

The two companies have also entered into a multi-year agreement whereby CURRENT will license its smart grid software systems and sell additional products to Oncor that will allow Oncor the opportunity to expand the smart grid network to cover up to one-half of its service territory.

ONCOR TO PURCHASE CURRENT’S SMART GRID NETWORK

Oncor Electric Delivery Company has agreed to purchase CURRENT Group LLC’s existing smart grid network, a transaction which involves the largest broadband-based smart grid deployment in the world. It will enable Oncor to provide smart grid services to up to one-sixth of its service territory.

The two companies have also entered into a multi-year agreement whereby CURRENT will license its smart grid software systems and sell additional products to Oncor that will allow Oncor the opportunity to expand the smart grid network to cover up to one-half of its service territory.

AMM PROFECT FOR GERMAN CITY

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 ZMF1 0 meters, 1000 PLC-PLAN modules and the ecoMeter. The first thousand ZMF1 0 meters are currently being installed at the homes of 1,000 utility customers within the city of Dusseldorf. From autumn 008 Landis+Gyr will introduce the eco-Meter into customers’ homes.

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