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San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 17, 2006 – Leaders from U.S. utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) have celebrated the installation of the first SmartMeter™ electric and gas meters, kicking off a five-year program to deploy 10.3 million such meters throughout PG&E’s service territory. The SmartMeter program will eventually offer a wide range of customer service benefits, while reducing utility costs.
Dusseldorf, Germany --- (METERING.COM) --- November 17, 2006 – The blackout that began in Germany earlier this month and spread to several other European countries, leaving millions without power, was caused by human error and not technical malfunctioning, according to findings by E.ON, the German utility.
Geneva, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- November 17, 2006 – The IEC has published “Electricity Metering – Data exchange for meter reading, tariff and load control – Part 47: COSEM transport layers for IPv4 networks, as part of the work carried out by TC 13 – Equipment for electrical energy measurement and load control.
Southwest Water Company, a provider of services to over two million people in ten U.S. states, has announced the appointment of David Stanton as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development – a newly-created position.
Stanton, who has a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, most recently served as executive vice president of Earth Tech, a division of Tyco International, Inc. and an international environmental water and wastewater services provider. Before that he held senior management positions with a number of companies in the water and wastewater industry.
Consultancy Capgemini has announced several new appointments which will build on its momentum in the utility industry.
John Christens has joined Capgemini Americas Outsourcing Services (AOS) as CEO of Capgemini Energy, a Dallas-based joint venture that provides business process and information technology outsourcing solutions to utilities. He succeeds Bob Pryor, who was chosen to lead Capgemini’s AOS division earlier this year, allowing Pryor to focus on his new role of serving a broad range of industries, including the utility sector.
[img:philipbowman_0_0.jpg|Philip Bowman]Glasgow, Scotland --- (METERING.COM) --- November 16, 2006 – U.K. utility ScottishPower, with 5.2 million customers, has announced record profits – up 77 per cent from the previous period – in the six months to 30 September 2006. The company says the results were boosted by its non-retail division and strong performance at its coal-fired power plants, but domestic customers are weighing these profits against the price hikes they have had to face in recent times.
Wellington, New Zealand --- (METERING.COM) --- November 16, 2006 – Contact Energy Ltd., New Zealand’s biggest publicly traded energy company, is contemplating the sale of its metering assets in order to focus on electric and gas generation and retailing. No firm decision has yet been taken, but the utility is in talks with possible buyers. The assets may fetch as much as NZ$100 million ($66 million).
St. Louis, MO --- (METERING.COM) --- November 14, 2006 – Empresa Distribuidora de Electricidad del Sur (EDESUR), one of the three government-owned utilities in Dominican Republic, is to instal Distribution Control Systems, Inc.’s Two-Way Automatic Communication System (TWACS®) AMI for its commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.
Southampton, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 15, 2006 – U.K.-based Kenda Electronic Systems has introduced a new version of its MDCS metering data collection software package used in tariff metering systems.
Operating in conjunction with Kenda’s Meteor range of remote data collection outstations, the software acquires metering data for the specified demand period (normally 30 minutes) stores it in a database, and performs calculations to provide total values and costs for billing purposes.
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 15, 2006 – The U.K. government’s Energy Review, launched yesterday, is aimed at identifying measures that will help customers make better informed decisions about their energy use. Measures include asking energy suppliers to improve the information in customers’ bills, and providing households with display devices which show how much energy a household is using.
Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- November 15, 2006 – The president of Ontario’s largest electricity union has told the Economic Club of Toronto that the time has come “to clarify who the real regulator of electricity in Ontario is and cut the red tape to simplify planning and implementation”.
The Metering Central America & Caribbean conference and exhibition will take place in Bogotá, Colombia, from 21–23 February 2007; it forms part of the third annual Latin America Prepayment Week (LAPW). Codensa is to host this prestigious event and Falcon International is the primary sponsor.
The event provides a definitive staging ground to meet with the region’s most influential decision-makers and features over 30 high-level speakers, giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about: