Canadian utilities forge ahead with AMI rollout


Mississauga, ON, and Calgary, AB, Canada — (METERING.COM) — November 17, 2008 – Enersource Hydro Mississauga, one of Ontario’s largest electrical distribution companies, is moving forward with the installation of smart meters for small commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Mississauga, while FortisAlberta, the regulated electricity distribution company in central and southern Alberta, is continuing with its AMI rollout in Fort Saskatchewan homes.

Tom Wasik, senior manager for Enersource Hydro Mississauga is excited about the company being one of the first local distribution companies in Ontario to complete system testing to support smart metering for small C&I customers.

Said Wasik:  “We wanted to ensure that our smart meter wireless IP network could transmit information from hard to reach areas such as metering installations enclosed in metal cabinets found below-grade. We were pleased that our IP-based EnergyAxis® system passed vigorous tests over the last few months and are excited to expand our smart meter program to small business customers.”

Enersource will be communicating with all small business customers prior to installation of the meters. For now, businesses will continue to be billed for electricity in the same manner as before.

FortisAlberta launched its AMI project in September and will begin to install automated meters in 6,900 Fort Saskatchewan homes this month. By the end of this year, 63,000 meters are scheduled to be exchanged in the utility’s service territory, followed by 239,000 meters in 2009, and 103,000 meters in 2010.

“We’re really excited to provide the benefits of this system to our customers,” says Karl Smith, president and CEO of FortisAlberta. “Customers tell us that they want their bills based on actual consumption every month and this technology makes that possible.”

Among the initial installations are residential and farm customers, while C&I customers will have their meters replaced with electronic meters starting in 2009.