Tennessee utility begins AMI system deployment

[img:CellnetHunt_0.jpg| ]Lexington, TN, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2007 – Lexington Electric, a public electric utility operated by the City of Lexington, Tennessee, has begun deploying the TS2 advanced metering solution from Cellnet+Hunt. The system will be fully deployed to 22,000 meters over the next two years.

According to Jeff Graves, engineering manager, the utility anticipates a full return on investment in seven years based on reduced meter reading costs alone. “We justified the system simply on replacing contract meter reading. We haven’t begun factoring in costs savings from the other benefits of the system,” Graves said.

New meter data management system for Alliant Energy

[img:Alliant%20Energy.thumbnail.gif| ]Madison, WI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2007 - Midwest utility Alliant Energy has selected eMeter Corporation’s EnergyIP software for use in managing the data and operations of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Alliant Energy plans to deploy AMI meters to 1.1 million electric customers and 400 thousand natural gas customers over the next four years.

CenterPoint Energy completes AMI field testing

[img:Tom%20Standish.thumbnail.jpg|Tom Standish,
Group President for
Regulated Operations,
CenterPoint Energy
]Houston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2007 – CenterPoint Energy, the nation’s third largest combined electricity and gas delivery company in terms of number of customers, has successfully completed a field test of Itron’s OpenWay™ advanced metering technology. The utility deployed approximately 10,000 new OpenWay CENTRON® solid-state meters in its service territory this past spring and tested the system’s performance and reliability against a variety of benchmarks and functionality requirements in an operational environment.

PLC solution wins technology award

[img:Logo_Frost_Sullivan_140px.thumbnail.gif| ]Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2007 — Based on its recent analysis of the smart metering/grids market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized PCN Technology, Inc. with the 2007 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation. This Award is bestowed on PCN in recognition of its development of an innovative, cost effective and unique embedded input/output (I/O) solution for high quality of service powerline communication and mesh networking.

Texas utility enhances customer service

[img:billdollar1.thumbnail.jpg|Bill Dollar,
City Manager,
]Garland, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 9, 2007 – The third largest municipal utility in Texas, the multi-service utility of The City of Garland, has successfully implemented Ventyx’s latest and most advanced customer information system/billing solution, Customer Suite. Ventyx™ is a private software provider to the utility industry.

Wireless sensor networks boost utility market

[img:owLogo3.thumbnail.gif| ]San Diego, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2007 - Driven by new regulation and the global energy crisis, in the United States advanced metering with embedded wireless sensor networks has grown from a few thousand units in 2004 to 1.5 million smart meters this year, according to a new survey by ON World.

The survey, which involved nearly 100 utilities, found that 73 percent are current AMR users or have pilots underway. Of these 44 percent use mobile radio and 48 percent use a fixed wireless networking technology for at least part of their AMR/AMI systems. Moreover nearly half of the electric utilities have demand response programs planned or pilots underway.

Meter data management system for Anaheim Public Utilities

[img:Stephen%20Nees%20photo.thumbnail.jpg|Stephen Nees,
Technology Dev. Manager,
Anaheim Public Utilities
]Anaheim, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2007 – The Anaheim City Council has approved the Anaheim Public Utilities (APU) Department's decision to implement eMeter's EnergyIP Meter Data Management System to support the municipality's advanced metering initiative.

Over 250,000 customers receive their energy bills electronically

[img:consumers%20energy.thumbnail.jpg| ]Jackson, MI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2007 – The number of Consumers Energy customers who choose to receive and pay their bill online has jumped to more than 250,000, up from 96,000 customers who made the switch to online billing two years ago.

“Online billing is free, safe and secure, plus it saves the customer almost $5 a year in postage,” said Consumers Energy’s senior business consultant Frank Lubis. “We fully expect to see continued strong growth in the number of customers who prefer the convenience and benefit of receiving their bill electronically. Customers tell us they like the online benefit of having one less piece of paper to deal with, as well as the ability to check out their bill or energy consumption whenever they choose.”

Helping customers understand energy usage

[img:decampli_small_0.thumbnail.jpg|David G. DeCampli,
PPL Electric Utilities
]Allentown, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 8, 2007 – PPL Electric Utilities is offering customers the opportunity to see how much energy they are using on a daily basis, through the company’s Energy Analyzer web page. The initiative forms part of PPL Electric Utilities’ e-power program, giving customers information about their energy usage so that they are able to understand their consumption patterns and – if necessary – change these patterns to save on costs.

Economies of scale should reduce cost of smart meters

[img:london_0.jpg| ]London, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- November 6, 2007 – London Hydro is part of a group of utilities based in western and northern Ontario that are banding together to put out a contract for smart meters, in the hopes that a large order will reduce the unit cost. The total number of meters involved is close to 700,000.

Ontario’s smart meter initiative requires that every home and business in the province is equipped with a smart meter by the end of 2010, in a bid to reduce energy consumption through the introduction of demand response measures. London Hydro expects to save costs through the elimination of manual meter reads, the ability to perform connects and disconnects remotely, and faster restoration after power outages, but acknowledges that the more expensive smart meters will take some years before they pay for themselves.

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