PPL expands time of use pilot program

[img:ppl_logo.thumbnail.gif| ]Allentown, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 27, 2007 - PPL Electric Utilities will soon expand its residential time of use pilot program, with a view to getting more information about customer usage patterns before it introduces time of use pricing to all customers in 2010.

As a first step, the utility installed smart meters in all its customers home a few years ago, and has benefited from the improved data it obtains, which includes voltage and blink count, as well as monthly consumption. Monitoring the blink count allows utility personnel to identify possible problem areas in the grid. The meters have also proved invaluable in managing outages – in particular in the wake of Hurricane Isabel in 2003, when over 500,000 customers were without power.

New replaceable battery for water meters

[img:SmartMeter.thumbnail.jpg| ]Fort Washington, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 27, 2007 - Severn Trent Services has developed a new replaceable battery for its SmartMeter SM700 20- and 30-gallon-per-minute water meters. The new battery has a life beyond 15 years and can be exchanged with a meter's existing battery to extend the meter life to more than 30 years. The new battery, when combined with the accuracy provided by SmartMeter technology, provides significant cost savings over the life of the meter.

Mike Kenyon appointed general manager of EIS Australia

Elster Integrated Solutions (EIS), part of Elster Group, has announced the launch of a new business called EIS Australia under the leadership of Mike Kenyon, who joins the company as general manager. EIS says that the new business will advance its footprint in the global AMI market.

Kenyon will report to Elster Integrated Solutions president Sharon Allan. He will be responsible for the operating performance of EIS for Australia, New Zealand and surrounding areas. He holds a degree in Computer Science from CAS, Adelaide, and has over 25 years of global management experience in a variety of leadership business roles including operation, product development, customer service and business development. Kenyon is a seasoned AMI/AMR veteran with over 17 years’ experience in this market, having served as managing director of Datamatic Asia Pacific and managing director of Itron Australasia prior to joining EIS.

Peter Mainz appointed Chief Operating Officer of Sensus

[img:Peter%20Mainz.thumbnail.jpg|Peter Mainz,
Chief Operating
Officer, Sensus
]Peter Mainz has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer at Sensus Metering Systems. All metering and related communication systems businesses and all other businesses will report directly to him.

In March 2007 Mainz was appointed to the newly created and expanded role of Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to that, he became V.P. of Finance in January 2003 and CFO upon completion of the acquisition of Invensys Metering Systems in December 2003. He was V.P. of Operations and Finance in Europe and Asia Pacific from 2001 to 2002, and held other senior financial positions with Sensus’s Metering Systems Division from 1999 to 2001.

Majority of consumers concerned about climate change

[img:EILogo.thumbnail.gif| ]Framingham, MA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 24, 2007 - Eighty-one percent of respondents in a recent climate change survey in the U.S. indicated they were concerned about climate change, with more than half saying they were very concerned, while only 5 percent indicated they were not concerned at all about climate change.

Long-life lithium batteries with an “˜end-of-life’ indication

[img:tadiran.thumbnail.gif| ]Port Washington, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 23, 2007 - Tadiran Batteries, a manufacturer of lithium batteries, has just introduced an improved version of its PulsesPlus™ battery that allows for an indication at end-of-life, allowing end users to maximize the service life of the original battery while at the same time ensuring continuous service through scheduled battery replacements.

Lithium thionyl chloride batteries are typically used in applications where battery replacement or recharging is either impossible or extremely difficult, such as automatic meter reading and wireless remote sensors. In addition to being non-replaceable, batteries suited to these applications must perform reliably in very harsh environments, and provide an operating life of up to 20 years.

While lithium thionyl chloride cells operate at a very stable voltage over almost their entire operating lives, the lack of a drop in voltage over time has not allowed for an indication of battery state of charge. In many cases, batteries are replaced prematurely based on estimations of amount of remaining battery life, even though the cells could continue to operate for years to come. By contrast, PulsesPlus batteries offer the potential for end-of-life indication. The new improvements come in two distinct families:

Rewarding customers who practice energy efficiency

[img:Michael%20Angemeer.thumbnail.JPG|Michael Angemeer,
President & CEO
]Ajax, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- August 23, 2007 - Canadian utility Veridian will reward customers who help lower electricity demand during peak periods through the introduction of a program called peaksaver™. Eligible customers can now sign up for peaksaver, which allows Veridian to temporarily cycle down participating customers' central air conditioners to help reduce the strain on the electricity system on summer days when electricity use is at its peak. Air conditioners will only be cycled down when absolutely necessary.

Smart metering on West Coast under the spotlight

[img:erich%20gunther.thumbnail.jpg|Erich Gunther,
Chairman and
Chief Technology Officer
of EnerNex Corporation
] Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 22, 2007 - With over 140 participants from seven countries, Smart Metering West Coast 2007 kicked off to a good start Monday, August 20, with a Home Area Networks (HAN) workshop, led by Erich Gunther, chairman and chief technology officer of EnerNex Corporation.

The workshop examined the critical role of AMI in this rapidly developing technology, and the steps towards a unified utility requirement specification and architecture for the HAN as it relates to utility applications, which is currently under development by the OpenHAN task force.

Said Gunther after the workshop: “The HAN workshop was instrumental in getting industry feedback on the work of the OpenHAN task force.”

The delegation was also led on a field visit to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) SmartConnect Field Test and Meter Testing facility in Westminster. SCE manager of deployment, Jim Gregory welcomed the group with a brief description of the SmartConnect program, which will involve the rollout of 5.3 million meters to households and small businesses throughout SCE’s service territory over the next five years.

Earlier this year the program was awarded the 2007 Smart Grid Outstanding Leadership Award.

Jim Cherrie, head of the SmartConnect field testing phase 1, outlined the particulars of the testing and during the current year, two types of meters are being tested in the laboratory and in the field. Type one is between Itron and Cellnet/Landis+Gyr, while the second type is yet to be determined. Four geographically diverse areas covering different climates, terrains, and urban and rural situations have been selected and both single and side-by-side meter placement is being tested. In 2008 there will be full systems testing, followed by full system rollout starting in 2009 and running through 2012.

Marshall Parsons, SmartConnect project manager, reviewed the “Big 5” program risks. These are:

Elster and DCSI team to offer improved meter data collection

[img:elster%20logo_0.jpg| ]Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 22, 2007 - Elster Electricity, part of Elster Group, and Distribution Control Systems, Inc. (DCSI), a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc, announce the release of the Universal Metering Transponder (UMT-C-A3) for Elster’s A3 ALPHA meter. The UMT-C transponder expands the capabilities of the TWACS power line communications network to retrieve critical meter data from the A3 ALPHA meter at commercial and industrial metering locations.

An Experience With Demand Response Metering

By Wayne Wiebe

When Echelon designed its corporate headquarters, it was decided to deploy in it its LonWorks technology with as many of the devices that the company makes or helps to make. The control system in the building allows control of major systems like HVAC as well as minor systems like window shades.

The Echelon campus is located in San Jose, California and is made up of two three-storey buildings of 700 m2 each. The buildings were constructed from 2002 to 2004. The floor plan is primarily individual offices with occupant adjustable light level and ‘voting’ on temperature in each zone. There are also some electronic laboratories.

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