Week in smart metering - Word from European Utility Week

Focus is on digitisation of the grid, writes Claire Volkwyn, editor, Metering & Smart Energy International.
Published: Wed 16 Nov 2016

I am writing this from the exhbition hall at European Utility Week, where the focus seems to be very much on the digitisation of the grid and the benefits that increased visibitility can bring to utilities, customers and more efficient grid management.

I'm going to keep this short, because the opportunity to share with you on a daily basis the trends, discussions and opportunities is too good to pass up this week. So be sure to read the newsletter over the coming days to get an idea of what the European utility sector considers its most important priorities.

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Indian utility Yamuna Power (BYPL) entered into an agreement with smart meters firm Sensus to implement an automated metering infrastructure pilot in Delhi. Under the pilot, Sensus will deploy its AMI solution FlexNet in the utility’s grid network. [Indian utility automates metering system with Sensus]. The integration of the technology is expected to help Yamuna Power reduce power theft and ensure that it accurately bills its customers.

Frederiksberg Forsyning A/S entered into an agreement with smart infrastructure developer Eltel to implement an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Under the AMI project, Eltel will deploy its wireless IoT network to provide the utility firm with remote control of its smart electric, gas and heating meters. [Danish utility partners with Eltel for AMI connectivity]. The project is expected to run through to the end of 2017.

In Africa, the utility firm Rwanda Energy Group (REG) has partnered with South African-based software firm IFS to optimise its operations. Under the agreement, REG will use IFS’s Integrated and Business Management (IBM) system to improve its revenue collection and utility operations. [Rwandian utility commissions new billing software]. The power company will use the software to automate processing and management of its business transactions including payrolls and supply chain deals.

In California, the City of Big Bear Lake announced that its Department of Water is one year ahead of its advanced meter reading (AMR) project. In a press statement, the city’s water division said it installed 6,000 radio-read water meters since the launch of its AMR meters project in 2014. [Californian utility announces progress in AMR deployment]. The city had projected to replace 15,580 analog meters with advanced models from 2014 through to 2020.