Demonstration energy conservation program for Hydro-Québec


Montreal, Canada — (METERING.COM) — February 5, 2009 – The successful installation of a demonstration energy conservation program at the Montreal-based Hydro-Québec has been announced by Elster.

Elster and its technology partners Aztech Associates, supplying in-home displays, Olameter, supplying its smart meter network data management solution inView©, and ASP data collection services, have provided Hydro-Québec with the total solution needed to implement a time-of-use (TOU) and critical peak pricing (CPP) program.

Elster’s EnergyAxis smart metering system serves as the foundation for the “Time it Right” project, collecting interval usage data daily for program participants. The in-home display supplies a wireless connection to the smart meters to provide usage and cost information during off-peak, on-peak and critical-peak times.

The system also transmits text messages to the in-home displays to alert customers of critical peak pricing events. Program participants have been presented with nine critical peak pricing events to date. The inView© platform provides smart meter network monitoring, control, and integration capabilities. inView© manages Hydro-Québec’s 15-minute load profile data, monthly and daily register data, status and other data collected by the EnergyAxis System, and provides Hydro-Québec with a wide array of operational information enabling them to monitor and operate their smart meter network.

“These new conservation technologies respond to the Energy Board’s request to test new electricity rates that could help customers manage their electricity bill with more efficiency,” commented Christian Simard, Hydro-Québec’s director for metering and meter reading. “This project will help determine if these solutions are effective in practice.”

The program was launched in December 2008 and will run through 2010. Residents from four cities in Québec were given the opportunity to participate in the program. If the “Time it Right” program is conclusive, such a TOU rate structure could be offered as an option to all Hydro-Québec residential customers.