European smart metering regulation good practice guidelines released
All customers should benefit from both electricity and gas smart metering, and there should be no discrimination when rolling out the smart meters, the European Regulators’ Group for Energy and Gas (ERGEG) has recommended in its final guidelines of good practice on the regulatory aspects of smart metering in Europe.

Ontario to launch $50 million smart grid initiative
Ontario is to launch a $50 million smart grid initiative that will enable research, capital and demonstration projects in the spring.

Smarter regulation needed for smart grids in Europe
A smarter approach to regulation is needed to incentivize the development of smart grids in Europe, according to a new study from the European industry association, EURELECTRIC.

Smart meter installation audit in Victoria
Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is preparing to undertake an audit of all companies involved in the installation of smart meters in Victoria.

Energy usage information smart grid standard approved
The NAESB Energy Usage Information seed information model has been accepted by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board, marking a major step toward a standardized format for communicating actionable information on energy consumption to U.S. households.

ATCO Gas to introduce automated meter reading technology
Edmonton utility ATCO Gas is to start automating its meter reading system in the spring, the company has announced.

Luxoft develops ZigBee Smart Energy communication module for Landis+Gyr
Application and product engineering outsourcing services provider Luxoft has announced the market’s first ZigBee Smart Energy wireless communication module for Landis+Gyr’s E350 flex meter.

Smart meters must protect consumer interests in U.K.
As suppliers start to install smart meters ahead of the mandated rollout in Britain it is important to ensure the continued safeguarding of consumers' interests, says the regulator Ofgem in a new document setting out proposals for these “early movers.”

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ON Semiconductor: Thermal Considerations for a Power Line Communication (PLC) line
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Oracle: Upgrading a Customer Care and Billing System
Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing is a complete billing and customer care application for utilities serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers. It addresses both customer and financial data management while handling receivables functions like payment processing, “budget” and multi-party billing, and credit and collections.

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How will you increase the ROI on your meter deployment?
Understanding how your customer interacts with your metering infrastructure is critical. Beyond meter deployments such as in-home displays, smart home systems and smart appliances are lauded as the solution to unlocking energy efficiency through energy visualization, customer engagement and built-in intelligence.

T&D Europe celebrates Scandinavian contribution to advancing the smart grid
The Scandinavian market has made an invaluable contribution towards advancing the smart grid, says Aida Mezit, project director of the Transmission & Distribution Europe and Smart Grids Europe conference and exhibition that is taking place from 12-14 April in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Smart Homes 2011 – Call for participation
Where do you want to be in 9 months? If you want to: Push smart home market developments and put Europe on the map as smart home pioneer, Be seen as the market leader in the smart home industry, Share best practice results from the first European pilot projects, Increase brand awareness and get your brand in the forefront of decision makers, then join us in Amsterdam for Smart Homes 2011!


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