Web site for condominium electricity sub-metering launched


Jennifer Hassani Almonte, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — November 3, 2006 – A new web site dedicated to the topic of electrical sub-metering in condominiums has been officially launched, with the objective of providing Ontario condominium owners with a comprehensive information source on smart meters and sub-metering.

The Ontario government has passed Bill 21, a law that requires all condominiums to be sub-metered for electricity. The detailed regulations relating to condominium sub-metering were released this week – and one major change is that the requirement for 80% prior approval of condominium owners to install sub-metering in a building has been removed. All Ontario condominiums must be sub-metered by December 31, 2010.

Electrical sub-metering makes it possible for condominiums that have one master electric meter to charge unit holders for the power they use, rather than simply dividing power costs among the residents on pro-rated basis.

Many condominiums receive conflicting information about the sub-metering topic, and it was for this reason that Triacta, a Canadian manufacturer of electrical smart meters, decided to try and bring some clarity to the field with a dedicated web site. “We thought that by providing a web site and additional communications items like pod casts and newsletters, we could begin to dispel some of the misconceptions that surround sub-metering,” said Jennifer Hassani, Director of Marketing for Triacta. “The site will help people sort through the regulatory matters and make their implementation easier.”

It is estimated that about 85 per cent of apartment and condominium buildings in Ontario (1.8 million suites) use a bulk meter for electricity consumption. The building owner pays the utility bill and electricity is included in the rent or common area expense. Under this traditional system, residents are unaware of their own electricity consumption, and there is also no incentive to conserve.

Sub-metering does not require rewiring the building or putting meters into individual suites; instead ‘smart’ sub-meter panels are put into existing hallway utility closets and connected to existing distribution systems in the building. It takes less than two days to sub-meter an average building. Typically residents are without power for less than two hours.

The new web site is designed as a comprehensive information source for and about condo sub-metering. It includes introductory information, a condo sub-metering tool kit, a review of the provincial legislation, links to experts and a host of related information. A regular newsletter will soon be part of the site.