Chatham-Kent Smart MeterChatham-Kent, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 14, 2006 – Chatham-Kent Hydro, recently awarded first place in the 2005/06 Metering Awards Program for its Metering Data Integration Initiative, has received approval from the Ontario Ministry of Energy to move forward with full deployment of its smart metering solution.

The approval establishes C-K Hydro as one of the first local distribution companies in the province to receive government authorization for mass implementation of smart metering technology. All residential, commercial and industrial customers will be activated by December 2007.

“Our objective has always been to exceed the government’s Smart Metering goals and also deliver operational improvements,” said Dave Kenney, President of Chatham-Kent Hydro. “After thorough investigation of leading technologies and rigorous field tests, we decided that [Tantalus Systems Corp.’s] TUNet best meets the Ministry of Energy’s requirements, plus it gives us the tools to automate our distribution system.”

A third-party report validated that C-K Hydro was able to deliver a smart meter AMI system at under $2 per household.