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eMeter to Equip Ontario’s Electricity Sector With Smart Grid, Demand-Response Capabilities

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator has successfully rolled out version 6.1 of eMeter's EnergyIP software. The IESO is the body responsible for coordinating generation and transmission of power in the province of Ontario. EnergyIP enables the IESO to support the unique business process and information requirements of multiple distribution companies from a single meter data management platform.

The flexibility and interoperability of EnergyIP’s open, service-oriented architecture makes it suited for energy markets such as Ontario, where multiple operators participate together in the process of energy distribution. Selected in 2006 as the MDM provider of a supply contract awarded to IBM Global Services Canada, eMeter will provide service for a total of 4.6 million meters in Ontario’s rollout.

The upgrade represents a key milestone for the IESO in the conversion to Smart Grid by enabling the province’s more than 80 local distribution companies (LDC) to move forward in transition to advanced metering, as well as to increase overall data management efficiency. EnergyIP 6.1 also supports the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure in achieving their utility enrollment timeline along with the deployment schedule for time-of-use enabled smart meters and data infrastructure.

EnergyIP 6.1 offers IESO enhanced productivity features including a new web-based management console with intuitive graphical data management tools, and enhanced data validation and synchronization support. Currently, four LDCs have completed the upgrade, while additional utilities have entered testing.

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