Smart metering and AMI roundup


Bangladesh advanced metering infrastructure contract increased by $3.9 million

CyanConnode, a producer of narrowband radio mesh networks, has announced that a $5.4 million purchase order from a specialist in energy management systems for a smart metering contract in Bangladesh has been increased to $9.3 million.

The order for the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution has been increased from 150,000 units to 250,000 units to meet the increased requirements of the energy management systems company based in Eastern Europe. The energy management system company, which manufactures circa. 1.5 million utility meters per year, will integrate CyanConnode’s hardware with its meters and shipment to their production facility will take place over the next 12-18 months.

DC Water AMI system

DC Water has engaged Aclara, a leading provider of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to provide a next-generation advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network. The company will also install the meters.

DC Water will replace some 85,000 meters in homes and some smaller multi-unit buildings by the end of 2018.

The new system is able to track and manage water usage and will reduce the need for estimated billing or manual meter reading.

“This project is one more example of our mission to incorporate innovative technology in our operations for customer benefit and operational efficiencies,” says DC Water CEO and general manager George S Hawkins.

UK smart meter troubles continue

The Telegraph featured a story in which is was suggested that delays in the smart meter programme could add an extra £700 million in costs across the sector. Coupled with an election campaign pledge by the Conservative Party cut £100 from 17 million energy bills and the scale of the challenge for retail energy companies grows.

The Data Communications Company (DCC), which was expected to deliver the smart network in 2015, has suffered delay upon delay and may finally go live later this year.  Costs for the project have increased from £220 million to a staggering £900 million.

In November last year, it emerged that the final system update by the DCC didn’t include prepay meters, affecting approximately 19 million people and further adding to delays.

The Telegraph further reported that “energy companies could face fines from the industry regulator if they do not roll out enough devices to their customers.” This has led to an influx of smart meters which, when the final DCC system is rolled out, are likely to be unable to communicate with the system. The cost of replacing these meters is said to be in the range of £500m in order “to be fully compliant with the new system.”

Iain Conn, CEO of Centrica, the parent company of British Gas told the Telegraph he would not rule out a raid on shareholder payouts or deeper job cuts. “We’ll have to look at all options to drive our efficiency if the market has fundamentally changed.”

Image credit: Shutterstock