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Home   Events   Membership   Publications        Mar. 1, 2012
Webcast: Meter & Billing Issues — How to Manage Meter and Network Exceptions
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The next Utilimetrics webcast, at 1 p.m. CST March 21, covers one of the most popular topics from Autovation 2011, managing meter and network exceptions.

Join Robert Hatcher, Georgia Power Company, as he recaps his presentation and offers new insight.

Hatcher will discuss how Georgia Power:
  • Handles failed meters, poor coverage and incorrect billing issues
  • Uses a single application to consolidate databases for issue management and reporting
  • Manages approximately 2 million meters with less than a 0.5 percent exception rate over 96 hours and a staff of 11
Hatcher is a senior engineer at Georgia Power Company, a Southern Company. He joined the Georgia Power AMI team in 2007 as a network engineer. He is responsible for management and maintenance of the AMI head-end system and back-end system interfaces. In this role he has developed several automated business processes for metric collection and reporting, exception reporting, and data migration.

Prior to 2007, Hatcher worked in IT at the Southern Company for 30 years. He has worked in applications programming, systems support and operations, and database support. During this tenure he worked on many cross-functional projects that have involved various business units, including nuclear, transmission, distribution and finance.

This is one webcast you do not want to miss. If you are a Utilimetrics member, you and your colleagues can register at no cost. If you are not a Utilimetrics member, join now, and you and your colleagues immediately qualify for all membership benefits, including this free webcast. The nonmember rate to participate in the webcast is $95. Click here to register as a nonmember.


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Thanks for Renewing Your Membership
Thanks to the following member companies that have renewed for 2012 in the past week. Your support of Utilimetrics is sincerely appreciated.

Utilimetrics relies on membership dues to meet the growing education, information and networking needs of our members. Without your support we cannot continue to provide the exceptional programs and services that members have been enjoying for 25 years. If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2012, please contact Donna Stevens.

Boice Dunham Group (16-year member)
Capstone Metering LLC (3-year member)
Federation of Alberta Gas (3-year member)
Metrum Technologies (14-year member)
SaskPower (4-year member)

Final notices will be sent soon, and we will begin to cancel those who have not renewed. Renew today to ensure your benefits continue without interruption.

Thanks again for your continued support of Utilimetrics.

Welcome New Member
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Utilimetrics is pleased to welcome its newest member:

Otter Tail Power Co.

We encourage you to take advantage of all the benefits and services Utilimetrics offers.

Join Utilimetrics Today
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"Utilimetrics is hands down the industry's best forum for strategic insights and best practices in the smart grid and smart metering arena. At PGE, we've been able to keep abreast of technology advancement and innovation by participating in Autovation and utilizing Utilimetrics' extensive information resources. Among other things, it taught us the value of implementing a meter data management system before launching our smart metering project."

Bruce Carpenter is vice president, distribution services for Portland General Electric Co. and a member of the Utilimetrics Executive Committee.

Membership in Utilimetrics is a wise investment for your company. Join today and immediately qualify for membership benefits, including free webcasts, discounts on Autovation registration and exhibit booth space, subscription to the weekly Public Policy Report and more. Click here for more information or contact Donna Stevens.


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Help Utilimetrics Celebrate its Silver Anniversary
Utilimetrics has experienced tremendous growth and change throughout the years. We're looking for longtime members to share trivia, stories and photos that span Utilimetrics' 25 years. Did you attend the first conference in Traverse City, Mich.? Were you on hand to make copies and stuff envelopes in the early days? Did you serve on a committee that helped transform the organization?

Please send information, photos and suggestions to Janice Greenberg.

Thanks to the Utilimetrics 25th Anniversary supporters:

Clevest Solutions
Cooper Power Systems
Corix Utilities
Mad Dash
Mueller Systems
On-Ramp Wireless

News Link Contributors Wanted
Utilimetrics is seeking utility industry professionals to write articles about industry trends, best practices, lessons learned and case studies. We accept articles from utility, vendor and consultant members as well as research firms. Articles, which average about 1,000 words, must be informational, not sales related.

News Link is distributed to about 10,000 industry professionals each week. For information on how to contribute an article to News Link, contact Janice Greenberg.

  Autovation Announcements

Sponsorship Opportunity of the Week
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Hotel Room Keycards!

Put your company in front of attendees upon their arrival in Long Beach, Calif., by sponsoring the hotel room keycards. Cards will be given to Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Renaissance Long Beach hotel guests at check-in and used to access their rooms through the conference. Your customer artwork will be printed on each card. Benefits include:
  • Your four-color company logo on all keys distributed to Autovation attendees registered at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Renaissance Long Beach
  • Sponsor recognition on the website, in promotional materials and in signage before, during and after Autovation
For further information, contact Mary Michalik at 312.265.9655.

Click here to view the Sponsorship Brochure. (It may take a moment to load, thanks for your patience.)

  Industry News

Massachusetts DPU Adopts Net Metering Regulations for Government Facilities
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On Feb. 17, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued a net metering order promulgating legislation that revised the state's net metering law. This order adopts three significant changes made under Chapter 359 of the Acts of 2010. First, the order specifies there will be two aggregate participation caps — one cap reserved for municipalities and other governmental entities, and another cap for all other net metering facilities. More

Las Vegas Commissioner Opposes Smart Meter Opt-Outs
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Days after the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada recommended an opt-out plan for ratepayers opposed to NV Energy's NV Energize smart meter program, a commissioner has filed a separate draft order rejecting opt-outs. Commissioner David Noble wrote that the best information available indicates that smart meter benefits outweigh potential risks that "may or may not be substantiated in the future." More

Obama Announces Funding for Breakthroughs in Natural Gas and Biofuels as Alternative Fuels for Vehicles
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President Barack Obama announced new funding to catalyze breakthrough technologies for two key alternative fuels — natural gas and biofuels — as part of his all-of-the-above energy strategy to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and provide American families new choices for vehicles that do not rely on conventional gasoline. Through its Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy, the Energy Department will make $30 million available for a new research competition that will engage the country's brightest scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to find ways to harness the abundant supplies of domestic natural gas for vehicles. More

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Meter & Billing
Issues: How to
Manage Meter and
1 p.m. CST March

Smart Meter
Deployment at
Municipal Utility
1 p.m. CST April 18
Autovation 2012,
Long Beach, Calif.
Sept. 30-Oct. 3
Autovation 2013,
New Orleans, La.
Sept. 8-11
Autovation 2014,
Orlando, Fla.
Sept. 28-Oct. 1
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