Micro Access Portal to be demonstrated at ZigBee conference

[img:Bob%20Heile.thumbnail.JPG|Bob Heile,
Chairman,
Zigbee Alliance
]Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 13, 2007 - Trilliant Networks, Inc., a provider of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) based on open standards, has announced that it will demonstrate the Micro Access Portal (MAP) at the ZigBee® Alliance Open House and Exposition being held in Beijing. The ZigBee Alliance is a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

OEB issues amendment for Smart Metering Initiative

[img:OEB.thumbnail.jpg| ]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 18, 2007 - The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) yesterday issued an amendment to the Standard Supply Service (SSS) Code relating to the implementation of smart meters in Ontario.

In terms of the amendment, licensed distributors will be required to provide direct notice, either by means of a bill insert or by other direct means, such as a letter, other direct mailing or telephone, to consumers of their election to implement time-of-use (TOU) pricing prior to the date on which TOU pricing becomes mandatory for all consumers in the province that have an eligible time-of-use meter.

Demand response efforts grow in U.S.

[img:Jon%20Wellinghoff_0.jpg|Jon Wellinghoff,
Commissioner] Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 10, 2007 - Demand response and advanced metering programs have grown significantly in the U.S. over the past year, according to a new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) report.

Several states and individual utilities took actions to introduce more opportunities for demand response and price responsiveness, including the adoption of time-based rates and the adoption of demand response policies – and in the last year utilities announced new deployments of more than 40 million advanced meters between 2007 and 2010.

The report, “Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering 2007,” updates a report of the same name published in August 2006, which contained a comprehensive nationwide survey of these activities, and has been prepared as a requirement of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).

The report notes that demand reduction activities occur principally during the summer when electricity demand is highest in most regions, and that demand reductions from the demand response activities during the record-setting peaks that occurred in July and August of 2006 proved crucial to the reliable operation of electric markets, lowering system peaks between an estimated 1.4 and 4.1 percent on these peak days.

The report says that two important new developments over the past year at the wholesale level were the inclusion of demand resources in forward capacity markets and ancillary services markets at Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) and Independent System Operators (ISO) and the development of new reliability-based demand response programs. The Commission actively encouraged organized wholesale power markets to use demand response as they would use generation where it is technically capable. It also addressed demand response in a number of orders addressing wholesale market design proposals filed by the various RTOs and ISOs.

Another trend highlighted in the report is that there was more attention to the development of a smart grid that can facilitate demand response. Moreover there was increased activity by third parties to aggregate retail demand response.

On advanced metering, the report notes the rise in the number of large utilities that are planning to install advanced metering in the next several years, and that several states have taken actions ranging from the approval of smart meter projects or advanced meter deployment and re-establishing collaborative efforts and workshops to issuing rulemakings.

AMI market activity, as measured by the number of meters planned or installed, increased nearly threefold from 2005 to 2006, and is projected to double again by 2008.

However, a number of issues and challenges remain, including technological obsolescence concerns, deployment decisions and interoperability and open standards.

Commenting on the report, Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff, who is leading the Commission’s efforts in the Collaborative Dialogue on Demand Response with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, said: “The findings signal that there has been a change in the national demand response dialogue from should we do it, to how we do it.”

Advanced meter module released

[img:russ.thumbnail.jpg|Russel Vanos,
Vice President,
Marketing, Itron
]Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 12, 2007 – Itron Inc. an automated meter reading (AMR) provider to water utilities with more than seven million meters automated, has announced the release and commercial availability of its newest advanced meter module, the 60WP, designed for the pulser-style meter registers.

Meter installation contractor announces expansion of products and services

[img:national.thumbnail.gif| ]Kearny, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 12, 2007 - National Metering Services, Inc., an international meter installation contractor specializing in the water industry, has announced an expansion of the products and services it offers clients.

The company is now offering security systems that include cameras and motion detecting devices, using Tropos as the backhaul, to complement its Tropos MetroMesh Wi-Fi systems. Its meter testing division has certified portable meter testers for field testing, along with a custom-built mobile test lab equipped with a state-of-the-art 20 position test bench. This allows it to perform new meter accuracy verification and exit testing at customers’ premises. It also now also able to offer vacuum excavating, curb box cleaning, manhole and meter pit cleaning, along with valve exercising, thanks to the addition of a Vac-Tron to its fleet.

Demand response efforts grow in U.S.

[img:Jon%20Wellinghoff_0.jpg|Jon Wellinghoff,
Commissioner,
FERC
]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 10, 2007 - Demand response and advanced metering programs have grown significantly in the U.S. over the past year, according to a new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) report.
Several states and individual utilities took actions to introduce more opportunities for demand response and price responsiveness, including the adoption of time-based rates and the adoption of demand response policies – and in the last year utilities announced new deployments of more than 40 million advanced meters between 2007 and 2010.

Rate relief for Ameren customers in Illinois

[img:ameren.thumbnail.gif| ]St. Louis, MO, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 11, 2007 - U.S. utility Ameren has announced that its residential customers in Illinois will soon start feeling the benefits of its $1 billion rate relief plan.

"Our customers have asked for rate relief and we are delivering it," Stan Ogden, vice president of customer service and public relations, said in a statement. "This across-the-board assistance will help trim the bills to more than one million residential customers."

Shareholders approve TXU buyout

[img:Wilder.thumbnail.jpg|C. John Wilder,
Chairman and CEO,
TXU Corp.
]Dallas, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 10, 2007 - Shareholders in Texan utility TXU have approved the takeover of the company by private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and TPG. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has already given its approval, having found that the sale would not be likely to affect energy customers adversely.

Hydro One’s Smart Meter Project wins North American award

[img:Laura1.thumbnail.jpg|Laura Formusa,
President and
CEO (acting),
Hydro One
]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 7, 2007 - Canadian utility Hydro One’s smart meter project has been selected as winner of a Utility Planning Network's (UPN) 2007 Metering Award.

"I am extremely proud of the employees of Hydro One and their efforts in support of the Province's Smart Meter Initiative," said Laura Formusa, Hydro One President and CEO (acting). "To date, Hydro One has installed more than 160,000 smart meters and is on track to having 240,000 installed by the end of 2007."

Advanced AMR technology for Hickam Air Force Base

[img:hickham1.jpg| ]Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 7, 2007 - Hickam Air Force Base has selected a wireless to Internet energy management and control system to monitor energy usage for its housing and facilities buildings. The system is supplied by Advanced AMR Technologies (AAT) and provides remote end-point monitoring via a wireless mesh network without monthly communication costs.

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