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The Utility Metering Association (UMA) held its annual general meeting in May this year and appointed a new chairman, Bill Fisher, from Gentrack (formerly Talgentra).

Workshop
The past 12 months have seen the UMA welcome former Australasian Utilities Revenue Protection Association (AURPA) members to the Association and the establishment of a series of seminars and workshops. The first workshop was held in April 2008 in Melbourne entitled “Analysing non-theft revenue loss”. This event was facilitated by Duncan Holland from Total Risk Management Limited as a follow on from the revenue assurance training conducted in October 2007 in Melbourne. Participants attending the workshop were urged to bring some company research on a particular area of loss and to use this during the workshop to produce a business case and project strategy for management approval. Examples of research included exception reporting relevant to the particular loss issue, results from a pilot installation review targeting the loss issue, including other benefits identified during the review, and financial statistics from the pilot, including historical losses, recoveries negotiated and the value of increased revenues for the next 12 months. All attendees reported that the workshop exceeded their expectations and that they would attend another such event, and they received a Certificate of Attendance to use in their training and development profile.

Annual seminar
The UMA committee is now working on the annual UMA seminar, which will be held in Melbourne on 17 November 2008, as a pre-conference seminar to the Metering Billing/ CRM Australia & New Zealand 2008 conference. The theme of the seminar will be “AMI, technology and consumer response – where are we, where are we going?” Speakers will cover topics including consumer energy behaviour analysis, demand response and peak energy reduction. Much discussion and interaction from attendees is envisaged as energy trading schemes, energy reduction, global climate change and energy conservation is gaining momentum in our ever more energy intensive society.

The UMA committee is also working on hosting discussion forums and is currently finalising format and content. There is much activity in Australia on the future of smart metering, including the implementation plans for the Victorian smart meter rollout and functionality specification and national smart metering programmes covering the other states. The UMA seeks to bring its members the latest developments in regulatory and technological areas covering the gas, water and electricity utilities.

For more information on the association’s activities and upcoming annual seminar, visit www.utilitymeteringassociation.com