OEB issues amendment for Smart Metering Initiative

[img:OEB.thumbnail.jpg| ]Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 19, 2007 - The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has 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.

States hit the accelerator on utility efficiency targets

[img:aceee.06.thumbnail.gif| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 19, 2007 – A review released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found 15 states with policies in place to reduce energy use by setting mandatory energy savings targets for electric and gas utilities, up from five states two years ago. These targets, called Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS), set long-term targets that ramp up to major savings.

SCE awards electric meter installation contract

[img:logo_corix.thumbnail.gif| ]Rosemead, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 18, 2007 – Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded an electric meter installation contract involving the exchange of 4.5 million residential and small business meters to Corix Utilities of Vancouver, Canada. The contract, which is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission, calls for Corix to hire, train and manage a deployment staff of approximately 150 union meter installers.

SCE awards electric meter installation contract

Rosemead, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 18, 2007 – Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded an electric meter installation contract involving the exchange of 4.5 million residential and small business meters to Corix Utilities of Vancouver, Canada. The contract, which is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission, calls for Corix to hire, train and manage a deployment staff of approximately 150 union meter installers.

Ameren Illinois utilities announces three executive promotions

[img:ameren.thumbnail.gif| ]Scott Cisel, president and chief executive officer of the Ameren Illinois utilities, has announced the promotions of three new vice presidents. Ron Pate will become Vice President of Regional Operations; Stan Ogden has been named Vice President of Customer Service and Public Relations, and Craig Nelson has become Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Financial Services. All will report to Mr. Cisel and be part of the utilities' executive leadership team.

AMI and intelligent grid will require expansion of fiber networks

[img:UTC%20ogo1_0.jpg| ]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 17, 2005 - The requirements of the intelligent grid and AMI as well as substation and distribution automation will lead to the expansion of utility fiber optic networks, according to the Utilities Telecom Council’s (UTC) latest report, “The State of Utility Fiber 2007.”

While fiber optic technology is in widespread use throughout utilities, there is little expansion of networks currently, the report says. Instead, utility investment in fiber is focused on “capital deepening”, targeting mainly increased gigabit Ethernet capability – the area expected to have the most future growth and activity – and investment in Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) on congested routes to increase network capacity and diversity.

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.

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