Executive Insight

Texas lawmakers sparred over whether the Texas competitive electricity market will be ready to open on schedule in January during a Friday hearing. But most legislators and state regulators appeared confident systems will be in place, despite some witnesses' reservations during a hearing before the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight Committee. (By Ann de Rouffignac, OGJ Online)
Metering

In a billion-dollar deal that ignited the electronic billing presentment and payment (EBPP) market, CheckFree, First Data and Microsoft recently joined forces-a jarring move that shook up stocks, sent analysts scurrying and launched competitors in frenzied scramble for wider market alliances.
Metering

Although automatic meter reading (AMR) was invented about 100 years ago, AMR products have only been commercially available within the last 25 years, driven primarily by the utilities` need by to reliably read their customers` meters. Several of the early approaches to AMR were telephone-based, and market development was interrupted and redirected by telephone industry deregulation in the early 1980s. At that time, few people anticipated a similar redirection of AMR development from the deregula
Metering

The fundamental demands of the changing market remain consistent from state to state-improve customer service and reduce costs through competition. Applied to meter data collection and aggregation, should companies seek to grow their metering business in the increasingly eccentric markets or get out of meter reading altogether? The answer, of course, is cost of operation and the drive towards ever-greater efficiency.
Metering

Resi-MON, a wireless radio frequency-based, single-phase electric kWh submeter features compact, attractive housing, low installed cost (under $400) and easy interface to automatic meter reading systems. Models are available for single-phase 120V or 277V 2-wire inputs or 1- or 2-phase 120/208-240V 3-wire inputs. The kWh data is collected by split-core current sensors, which may be safely installed onto the electrical feeds of the circuit being monitored without shutting down the load. (www.emon.
Smart Grid

Color brochure des-cribes accessories for Motorola`s iDEN line of PCS handsets. Audio accessories like headsets, external speakers and remote microphones for various iDEN models (i280, i370, i390, i470, i600 and i1000 as well as r Series products) are complemented by descriptions of carrying cases, car installation kits and chargers. Motorola original nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride and lithium ion replacement batteries are also offered.
Metering

Idaho Power Co. achieved savings of more than $80,000 in its oil testing program over a 16-month period after creating a position responsible for managing the system`s oil testing program as one of its stated job duties.
Metering

Carolina Power & Light Co. (CP&L) selected the TransData MARK-V Series Electricity Meter equipped with a wireless modem for metering their major industrial accounts. This project marks the first major deployment of commercial and industrial electricity meters equipped with ARDIS wireless AMR technology by an investor-owned electric utility. The MARK-V meters are equipped with an internal Motorola wireless modem and proprietary internal antenna design housed completely under glass to communicate