Week 51: December 19, 2011

Common functionalities proposed for smart metering in Europe
A minimum common set of functionalities for smart metering has been put forward by the European Commission with the aim of enabling member states to identify common means of achieving cost efficiencies (and inefficiencies) in their rollout plans. read more....

Smart meter consumer protections and pricing under review in Australia
Australia’s Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) has launched a consultation on national consumer protection arrangements to facilitate consistency across the jurisdictions where smart meters are rolled out. read more....

New smart energy regulatory code proposed in Britain
A new Smart Energy Code setting out the arrangements for the introduction and ongoing operation of smart metering and consolidating the existing industry codes dealing with retail issues in gas and electricity has been proposed by Britain’s regulator, Ofgem, to facilitate market development and reduce administrative burdens. read more....

COPASA expands water meter order with Elster
Brazil’s second largest water utility Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais (COPASA) has selected Elster to supply more than 111,000 S120 single jet water meters over the next 12 months. read more....

Paradox Engineering and NEC to collaborate on smart grid projects in EMEA region
A Memorandum of Understanding has been concluded between Paradox Engineering and NEC Italia Spa to explore joint development of world class smart energy solutions for utilities, multi-utilities and municipalities in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). read more....




EVENT NEWS

European Commission to announce new energy services funding opportunities at ESCO Europe 2012
Timothée Noël of the European Commission has just confirmed his involvement in ESCO Europe 2012 and will outline New Project Funding Opportunities for Energy Services, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme. These new funding opportunities will only be announced on January 24, making ESCO Europe 2012 perfectly timed for you to understand what this announcement means for your projects.

Nominations are open for the 2012 North American Metering International Excellence Awards
On December 5, 2011, Metering International, the leading global publication on utility metering, announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 North American Metering International Excellence Awards. Winners to be honored at Metering, Billing/MDM America on March 13th in San Diego.

Danish Climate Minister: paying more for energy is insurance
On November 25th, The Danish Government presented its plan to secure the countries’ energy future. Titled Our Energy, the strategy presents specific measures for fulfilling the government’s goal of stimulating green growth.


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