Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- August 15, 2007 - Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has been designated as the Smart Metering Entity with responsibility for the long term overseeing of the province’s Smart Metering Initiative (SMI).

The IESO, in arrangement with the Ministry of Energy, has been coordinating and project managing the SMI implementation activities, and introduced the Smart Metering System Implementation Program (SMSIP) as the delivery framework to support this task. A key objective of the SMSIP is the delivery of the meter data management/meter data repository (MDM/R) functionality, including all interfaces between the MDM/R and the smart metering and customer information systems of the local distribution companies (LDCs), with which the first group of LDCs is due to go live shortly. Under this new designation the IESO will also now be responsible for the administration and operation of the MDM/R.

The Ontario SMI is aiming to install approximately 4.5 million smart meters in all homes and small businesses province-wide by 2010.