Increase in rates needed to continue system improvements

[img:scott.thumbnail.jpg|Scott A. Cisel,
President & CEO,
Ameren Illinois
]Peoria, Springfield and Decatur, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 5, 2007 – The Ameren Illinois utilities (AmerenCILCO, AmerenCIPS and AmerenIP) have asked the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to approve new electric and natural gas delivery service rates that will allow the companies to recover present and ongoing costs and continue making infrastructure investments.

ZigBee home automation – interoperability on a global scale

[img:Bob%20Heile.thumbnail.JPG|Bob Heile,
ZigBee Alliance
]San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 5, 2007 – The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in consumer, commercial building and utility applications, has announced the completion and immediate free public availability of the ZigBee home automation (HA) public application profile that offers manufacturers a standards-based approach to introducing new wireless home automation products globally, eliminating the need for proprietary technology.

Demand response agreement expanded

[img:Robert%20M.%20Chiste.thumbnail.jpg|Robert M. Chiste,
President & CEO,
]Tampa, FL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 5, 2007 – The Tampa Electric Company has entered into a multi-year agreement with Comverge, Inc., a clean capacity provider through demand response and energy efficiency,to expand the Energy Planner(SM) program using Comverge's Maingate(R) Home system announced today they have entered into a multi-year agreement with Tampa Electric Company. This program, available to all Tampa Electric residential customers, is expected to produce an estimated 12 megawatts (MWs) of demand response capacity over three (3) years.

Incorporating two way communication technology for demand response and automated meter reading capabilities, the Maingate Home system is designed to provide electric utilities with an automated solution for demand response by enabling price response - a method of demand response in which customers choose their level of control based on energy pricing from the electric utility. This automated energy management system allows end customers to program, via a programmable thermostat and the Internet, the behavior of their central heating and cooling system, electric water heater and/or pool pump against energy price information that varies during the course of the day and seasonally.

Smart Metering East Coast : Conference Program 2007

 Smart Metering East Coast

7 November - 9 November, 2007  

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 


09h00 - 10h30 
Venture capital investment in metering
Moderator: Matt Lecar, Venture Consultant, Trinity Ventures, CA, USA

Beyond the smart grid; the customer perspective

Conference: Smart Metering East Coast
Location: Washington, DC
Presenter: Ted Schultz
Abstract: Presented by Ted Schultz at Smart Metering East Coast

Europe Update Echelon

Conference: Smart Metering East Coast
Location: Washington, DC
Presenter: Bob Warden
Abstract: Presented by Bob Warden at Smart Metering East Coast

PG&E announces changes to leadership team

[img:GSPruett.thumbnail.jpg|Greg S. Pruett,
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Relations,
]San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 2, 2007 – U.S. utility PG&E Corporation has announced promotions and a new appointment to its leadership team. The company’s board of directors has elected Greg S. Pruett to senior vice president, Corporate Relations. In addition, the board of directors of PG&E Corporation's utility unit, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, has elected Patricia M. Lawicki as senior vice president and chief information officer for the utility; Geisha J. Williams as senior vice president, Energy Delivery; William D. Hayes as vice president, Maintenance and Construction; and Mark S. Johnson, vice president, Electric Operations and Engineering.

Eliminating estimated bills

[img:PUCT.thumbnail.jpg| ]Houston, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 2, 2007 – The Public Utility Commission of Texas plans to make estimated reads a thing of the past – and customers have to play their part by ensuring that meter readers can access meters easily.

Top this end the Commission has instructed transmission companies to inform those customers whose meters are inaccessible, by attaching a door hanger advising the property owner that the reader has been unable to access the meter. After this situation has gone on for three consecutive months, the retail electric company will send customers a notice telling them why meter readers have been unable to obtain a read. The notice will also explain the options available to such customers.

HECO improves customer satisfaction

[img:HEC_0.jpg| ]Oahu, HI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 1, 2007 – The Hawaiian Electric Company is involved in a continuing program to enhance customer satisfaction – assisted by Oracle’s® Utilities Network Management System and Utilities Mobile Workforce Management. The utility is focused on its response to power outages on the island of Oahu, and says that with Oracle Utilities applications, it can improve the information it delivers to our customers.

AMI and energy efficiency program will save costs

[img:honeywell.thumbnail.jpg| ]Ponca City, OK, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 1, 2007 – Ponca City has appointed Honeywell to implement an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and energy-efficiency program that will help the city improve its utility services to residents while reducing its energy and operating spend, and impact on the environment.

Funded through a $15.5-million performance contract, with an additional $300,000 for equipment and maintenance, the work will increase city water revenue and save Ponca City an estimated $1.3 million in annual operating costs. These savings, which are guaranteed by Honeywell for 18 years, are expected to pay for the improvements with no additional costs to taxpayers. The projects also are expected to create a positive cash flow for the city of nearly $140,000 per year.

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