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[img:gGuimaraes(1).thumbnail.jpg|Geraldo Guimarães Jr, VP Latin America, Elster Integrated Solutions]By Geraldo Guimarães Jr, VP Latin America, Elster Integrated Solutions
Aneel, the Brazilian electricity agency, announced the minimum specifications for electricity metering systems in low voltage consumer units in early August 2012. Utilities, meter manufacturers and the metrology institute, Inmetro, have been given 18 months to start replacing current meters and begin offering a time-based tariff, known as the "white tariff."
[img:ieadsm.thumbnail.jpg| ]Paris, France --- (METERING.COM) --- DECEMBER 19, 2012 - Electric vehicles, heat pumps and micro-combined heat and power are the main emerging end use technologies that will play a role in demand response and demand side management, according to a new review from the International Energy Agency’s Demand Side Management Program.
And smart metering is the technology which is essential in the road to smart grids and to the integration of active customers to the electrical networks and to the market.
[img:Nist.thumbnail.jpg| ]Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 20, 2012 - The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology recently issued a call for applicants to work on a program of up to three years on the coordination and acceleration of smart grid standards development and harmonization and advancement of the interoperability and security of smart grid devices and systems.
[img:cer_logo.thumbnail.gif| ]Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- December 19, 2012 - Based on work carried out over the past few months, Ireland’s national smart metering program is set to enter the main phase 2 high level design stage early in the new year, according to a new information paper published along with a series of supplementary reports.
This has included the agreement of the program initiation documentation incorporating the program organization, governance and approach, and the development of the associated detailed planning.
[img:EdisonLogo.thumbnail.jpg| ]Johannesburg, South Africa and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 19, 2012 - The City of Johannesburg has awarded an approximately $150 million smart meter contract to Itron, in collaboration with the Edison Power Group.
The engagement will require Itron to supply its latest generation smart meters and associated smart metering system to City Power, tying into the City of Johannesburg’s stated growth and development strategy to improve service delivery and efficiency through network automation.
[img:James%20Gilb_0.jpg|James Gilb, Chair, 802.24 Smart Grid TAG]Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 18, 2012 - IEEE has announced the formation of the IEEE 802.24 Smart Grid Technical Advisory Group (TAG), along with updates to four standards in the IEEE 802 family and a new standards development project.
The new TAG is intended as a collaborative umbrella organization for the multiple IEEE 802 working groups (WGs) and will liaise with key smart grid ecosystem stakeholders, such as regulatory agencies, other standards development bodies and industry organizations.
[img:ELO_0.JPG| ]Belo Horizonte, Brazil and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 18, 2012 - A 1,500 unit smart meter pilot is to be launched by Echelon and local partner ELO in Cemig’s City of the Future project in the Sete Lagoas region of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state.
Cemig is the country’s largest power company, serving over 7 million customers in 774 municipalities. Echelon is providing smart metering sub-systems to ELO, leveraging its Energy Control Networking Platform.
[img:stefanB.thumbnail.jpg|Stefan Birkner, Germany’s Environment Minister]Oldenburg, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- December 14, 2012 - The German government supported eTelligence smart grid project has recently come to a successful conclusion after four years of operation.
The project, one of six in the E-Energy initiative and the first to be completed, was undertaken in the Cuxhaven region in northern Germany.
[img:salha1_0.jpg|Bernard Salha, Director R&D, EDF]Paris and Gif-sur-Yvette, France --- (METERING.COM) --- December 14, 2012 - French utility EDF and the electric engineering institute Supélec (École supérieured' électricité) are partnering to establish a joint research institute to prepare for and support the development of smart grids.
[img:dHenschel.thumbnail.jpg|Donald Henschel, Senior Analyst, IMS Research]Austin, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 14, 2012 - Distribution automation electronics in the U.S. and Canada will continue to rely on DNP 3.0 LAN for years to come, even as IEC 61850 adoption becomes more mainstream in the transmission grid in North America and in all aspects of the grid in Latin America, according to a new study on smart grid networking from IMS Research.
Smart meters have become key assets at the edge of the distribution grid, capable of recording both historical and real-time data, while in turn enabling utilities to analyze the state of the grid in new ways in order to establish baseline performance, improve existing distribution operations and aid in long-term planning.
[img:Verma_0.jpg|Baroness Verma, Energy and Climate Change Minister]London, England --- (METERING.COM) --- December 13, 2012 - Britain’s government has reached what it describes as another milestone in the nation’s smart meter rollout with the publication of the rules for consumer engagement, privacy, and security.
Among the key conclusions of the consumer engagement strategy review are that a new Central Delivery Body (CBD) will be established by the larger suppliers by June 2013, to provide a program of centralized engagement to build consumer confidence in the installation of smart meters and to contribute to the realization of the consumer benefits, particularly related to reducing energy consumption.
[img:Phil_Beecher_0.jpg|Phil Beecher, Chairman, Wi-SUN Alliance]Tokyo, Japan and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 13, 2012 - The Wi-SUN Alliance, a global organization leading standards compliance and interoperability testing of smart utility networks based on open global standards such as IEEE 802.15.4g, has gained several new members recently, expanding its global membership.
[img:GaryF_0.jpg|Gary Fromer, Senior VP Load Response, Constellation]Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 12, 2012 - Constellation, a business unit of Exelon, has launched VirtuWattLink, the first web service application to facilitate automated load response program participation.
VirtuWatt Link allows a facility's existing automation system to manage load curtailment automatically based upon energy market signals and pre-set scenarios, without the installation of redundant or proprietary building controls hardware.