Rosemarie Leclair,
President & CEO,
Hydro Ottawa
 
Ottawa, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- September 15, 2008 - Hydro Ottawa Limited has been awarded the Utility Planning Network's (UPN) 2008 Best Advanced Metering Initiative Award (North America) for a municipal utility or electric cooperative.

Since 2006, Hydro Ottawa has installed more than 230,000 smart meters throughout its service territory. Currently, 210,000 of those smart meters deliver data to Hydro Ottawa's Customer Information System (CIS), eliminating the need for manual readings. This represents the largest operational advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network in Canada.

"Hydro Ottawa is proud to be recognized by its peers from around the world with this important award. We're proud to be playing a leading role in one of the biggest changes our industry has seen in many years - the transition to advanced metering," says Rosemarie Leclair, president and CEO of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies.

Ontario's Smart Meter initiative is designed to encourage more efficient use of Ontario's electricity supply. The Government of Ontario has passed legislation requiring the installation of smart meters across the province by the end of 2010.

The UPN Utility Peer Award Program is an annual program that recognizes exceptional metering initiatives by utilities from around the world.