Metering.com - A Week in Smart Metering

Metering.com discusses exciting developments in smart metering across the globe.
Published: Thu 11 Dec 2014

At Metering.com, we pride ourselves on being a global news service and delivering exciting developments in the smart metering and smart grids markets from every region of the world.

And this week, our stories demonstrate just how globally these technologies are being applied from Africa to Asia.

A state utility in Bangladesh has hired a New Zealand SCADA expert (add hyperlink -http://www.metering.com/deal-watch-bangladesh-gives-smart-meter-contract-to-nzs-abbey-systems/) to lead a consortium including EDMI to deploy a smart metering system in Chittagong. This is the second win for Abbey Systems with the Bangladesh Power Development Board.

In another story, Zimbabwe state distributor ZETDC pins its colours (add hyperlink -http://www.metering.com/tender-news-zimbabwe-puts-up-us100m-for-smart-meters-and-mdm-system/) to smart metering by issuing tender papers, which no doubt will be picked up by a host of international players.

But it’s also clear from news this past week that while the industry applauds deals, we also need to report on success stories of large-scale smart meter installations in the field.

Commonwealth Edison has not helped by holding back on releasing effectiveness data (add hyperlink - http://www.metering.com/smart-meter-us-comed-not-ready-to-reveal-data-on-effectiveness/), despite needing approval for more time and money to extend its smart meter rollout.

As soon as we can shout about savings for customers and energy companies on a large scale, then you can be sure the whole world will be listening.

 

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