Itron wins Metering International Excellence Award for Africa
Itron Southern and Eastern Africa has been named as the winner of the Metering International Excellence Award for Africa for 2011.

Smart grids and smart metering underpin new European energy efficiency plan
The rollout of smart grids and smart meters providing consumers with the information and services necessary to optimize their energy consumption and calculate their energy savings is key to a new energy efficiency plan adopted by the European Commission (EC).

Utilities increase planning and budgets for smart grid adoption survey finds
There was only a modest increase in the number of utilities moving past smart grid planning and into implementation over the past year, but the general industry expectation is that budgets to support these efforts are on the rise, according to Microsoft’s latest utility survey released last week.

Atlanta AMR water meters under review
The majority of Atlanta’s automated meter reading (AMR) water meters are accurately transmitting water usage data from the meter to the handheld or mobile data collector, but in around one quarter of the meters the antennas are not optimally placed in the meter head and in just over 13 percent the antennas are not correctly oriented.

Cemig secures USTDA support for smart grid development
Brazilian utility Cemig has secured a grant of $710,000 from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to fund a feasibility study for the implementation of a smart grid by the Belo Horizonte based company and its sister utility Light in Rio de Janeiro.

Bolivia’s YPFB receives gas meters and test benches from Itron
The Bolivian state-owned petroleum and gas company Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) has received 100,000 residential gas meters, 8,500 commercial meters and two test benches from Itron, the company has announced.

KNX and EEBus form Alliance for Smart Energy Solutions
The Alliance for Smart Energy Solutions has been established by KNX and EEBus with the aim to introduce a manufacturer-neutral, worldwide standard for connecting the smart home with the smart grid.

Telvent and Esri CIS partner to expand smart grid solutions in Russia
IT solutions and information provider Telvent and Esri CIS in Russia have partnered to provide smart grid solutions for the country’s energy industry.

Features

INTERVIEW: Smart metering in Sweden
Smart metering will play a key role in helping Sweden meet Europe’s 20-20-20 goals, according to Tony Rosten, Deputy Director General of the Energy Markets Inspectorate, in an interview with Anthony Pohl, Conference Manager of Smart Metering Scandinavia 2011.

WHITEPAPER: Upgrading your Customer Information System (CIS)
Over the entire life of your Customer Information System (CIS), upgrades are a significant cost. You can vastly reduce those costs, however, by choosing a product whose architecture is permits easy upgrades—one that isolates the application core from any adaptations your application needs; consolidates these adaptations, and provides all the tools and testing you need for each upgrade.

Event Updates

Meet with the top 40 European TSOs and DSOs at Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe 2011
We are proud to inform you that the top 40 European TSOs and DSOs have already confirmed their participation. This proves once again that Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe is THE annual meeting place for the most influential players in the industry!

Recognizing Innovation, Business Case Excellence, and Customer Service Excellence in the North American Utility Industry
As part of Metering International’s global series of Excellence Awards, we are proud to announce the 2011 Metering International Excellence awards for the North American utility sector.

Poland sets the pace, as smart metering charges ahead in the CEE region
Large scale implementation projects beginning across Poland illustrates a clear commitment to smart metering and smart grid across the region. With ENERGA – OPERATOR SA planning to introduce AMI across their entire service region, and deliver smart metering to 2.8 million customers by 2017, the market is moving and rapidly.

DECC insights from Richard Leyland outlining the mobilization of phase 2 of UK’s smart meter deployment programme
With upcoming government announcements on smart metering deployment in the UK and notable progress in Ireland, Smart Metering UK and Ireland returns for 2011 more timely than ever. 2011 WILL BE CRUNCH TIME!

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