Ontario smart meter rollout ahead of schedule


Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — November 24, 2009 – Ontario’s smart meter rollout is running ahead of schedule, with 3,053,931 smart meters installed in the province at the end of the third quarter of 2009, almost 1 percent more than the projected 3,035,426 meters.

Of these 2,883,139 were residential installations, compared with the baseline 2,852,553 meters. In addition 170,792 general service meters were installed, six percent below the baseline of 182,873 meters.

These data were provided by the Ontario Energy Board in its first quarterly monitoring report on smart meter deployment and the application of time-of-use pricing. The Board says these meters installed exceed the number required to achieve the 2010 target for TOU pricing of 1 million consumers, and are 85 percent of the 2011 target of 3.6 million consumers.

The baseline was based on data provided by the distributors in July 2009, following which all distributors are required to make quarterly filings of their progress so that actions can be compared to plans.

According to the report at the end of September 110,851 meters were enrolled with Toronto’s meter data management repository (MDMR). Furthermore, 91,170 consumers were being billed on TOU prices, almost 60 percent more than projected and corresponding to 9 percent of the June 2010 target.