Hydro One's Smart Meter Project wins North American award



    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Hydro One announced today its Smart Meter
Project has been selected as winner of a Utility Planning Network's (UPN) 2007
Metering Award.
    "I am extremely proud of the employees of Hydro One and their efforts in
support of the Province's Smart Meter Initiative," said Laura Formusa, Hydro
One President and CEO (acting). "To date, Hydro One has installed more than
160,000 smart meters and is on track to having 240,000 installed by the end of
2007."
    Hydro One was selected for the 2007 Metering Award in the category of
Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Initiative - North American Municipal or
Cooperative. AMR, or smart metering as it is often referred to, is the term
used to describe all of the hardware, software, and connectivity required for
a fully functioning smart metering system. Hydro One's Smart Meter team,
including its main vendor partners Capgemini and Trilliant Networks, is
deploying a smart meter system which will be able to adapt and work with new
technologies as they evolve such as internet addressed in-home energy
conservation devices (e.g., two-way real time monitors and automated
thermostats). In addition, once fully operational, the system will enhance
power restoration efforts by alerting the company to power outages in real
time.
    Hydro One's Smart Meter Project was selected for the award by an
international panel of judges. This year, entries were received from around
the globe including Europe, South America, Australia, the United States, and
Canada. Hydro One's entry covered all aspects of the project from meter
deployment (automation, communication, customer service), through to planned
time-of-use conversion, and the company's strategic vision to leverage the
communication and IT infrastructure in the future to increase efficiency.
    Former winners have included Niagara Mohawk, Consolidated Edison, and
Southern California Edison.

    UPN and its related Advanced Metering Peer Group is a global organization
that enables utilities worldwide to share business best practices related to
business case development, implementation, and operation of advanced metering
systems. See www.metering-awards.com for more information on the awards
program and the Global AMI Utility Peer Group.

    Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre
low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use
customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly
owned by the Province of Ontario.





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