Mississauga, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — June 8, 2009 – Ontario energy company Enersource and communication provider Rogers Communications Inc. have partnered to install an IP-based wireless network to support smart meters in homes and businesses in Mississauga.
This joint effort will help to cut costs and increase operational efficiencies, as well as reduce environmental impact.
“Working with Rogers has enabled Enersource to develop a leading edge progressive smart metering solution that is reliable, secure and cost effective,” said Enersource president and CEO Craig Fleming. “This wireless network is self registering, self healing, self reporting and always online and this innovative solution will ensure that customers will receive timely, accurate and reliable time-of-use electricity consumption data.”
Currently Enersource has 307 collector meters in operation, which collect data from the 137,000 operational smart meters already in service.
The Ontario government has mandated that by 2010, every home and small business must have a smart meter installed. The government’s plan is to eventually provide all customers with access to their previous day’s meter data by 8:00 a.m. the following day. With access to the previous day’s meter data, customers will be able to make personal choices to change electricity usage patterns in order to take advantage of the time-of-use (TOU) rates.
TOU rates will be introduced in Mississauga in 2010.