Vancouver, BC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- January 17, 2008 - British Columbia utility BC Hydro has announced that it is to proceed with the implementation of a structured competitive procurement process relating to the design and implementation of a comprehensive and fully integrated advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.

Based on expressions of interest and other marketplace feedback received over the last 8 months, BC Hydro has decided to proceed with a Joint Design Solution procurement process, in which one or more qualified service providers will be selected to work with it on a collaborative basis over the longer term in designing, developing, building, implementing and potentially operating and maintaining a sophisticated and highly adaptable smart metering infrastructure system that is specifically tailored to its operating environment.

BC Hydro’s customer base includes approximately 1.7 million residential customers and in excess of 200,000 industrial or commercial customers.

BC Hydro plans to proceed initially with a Request For Qualification (RFQ) process to identify and short list qualified proponents. Thereafter a formal Request For Proposal (RFP) process will be initiated to select a further short list of final proponents to proceed to a collaborative and final joint design phase of the process, leading ultimately to a request for final detailed proposals from these short listed proponents in April or May depending on the progress made at that stage in the procurement process.

A detailed RFQ document is currently being prepared by BC Hydro.