CitiPower selects Echelon’s advanced metering system for trial


Shane Breheny,
San Jose, CA, U.S.A.  — (METERING.COM) — April 19, 2007 —  Victoria, Australia utility CitiPower has selected Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system as part of the first phase of a government-mandated migration to advanced metering systems.

The Victoria government has initiated an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project to deliver smart meters to all state electricity consumers beginning in 2008. Under the program, some 2.4 million new electricity meters are expected to be deployed over a four-year period.

The project involves the deployment of 500 meters, and is one of the two trials involving two different technologies that Citipower is piloting.

“The Australian market is rapidly moving to advanced metering systems to enable our customers to conserve energy and improve the environment while at the same time lowering our operating costs,” said Shane Breheny, CitiPower’s CEO. “We believe this project has the potential to meet the new government requirements while delivering greater benefits to our customers and to ensure reliability and operational flexibility.”

“The government in Victoria and electricity distributors such as CitiPower are taking the first steps today towards defining the advanced metering infrastructure that will power Victoria through the 21st century,” said Ken Oshman, chairman and CEO of Echelon Corporation.

CitiPower distributes electricity within a service area of 157 square kilometers, including Melbourne’s Central Business District and inner suburbs.