Beyond the Meter
For many years attention has focused on pre-deployment and deployment of advanced metering systems. As utilities enter the final stages of deployment they face new challenges as well as tremendous opportunities for integrating technology within the utility and improving operations.
Autovation 2011 covered the entire utility technology life cycle. This article highlights the Beyond the Meter education session, which took place Sept. 27.
Oncor, the sixth largest utility in the U.S. began deploying fully functional AMS in late 2009. About 2 million of Oncor's 3.2 million meters have been deployed with full deployment scheduled for 2012. More
Management Change at Utilimetrics
After four years as the CEO of Utilimetrics — The Utility Technology Association — Joel Hoiland will be leaving the association to pursue other opportunities. His last day with Utilimetrics will be Dec. 31.
"Joel has been a leader and friend to our industry and has contributed to the success of the organization the past four years. Utilimetrics thanks him for his contributions and dedication" Robert Sitkauskas said, chairman of the Utilimetrics board of directors.
In his tenure at Utilimetrics, Hoiland steered the organization through a rebranding from AMRA to Utilimetrics, guided strategic planning that led to the transition of the group from an association management company to a stand-alone self-staffed operation, and the restructuring of the membership from an individual to a company-based structure. Also during his tenure, the organization has expanded its education, advocacy and communications efforts.
Hoiland says, "I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as CEO of Utilimetrics during this exciting and challenging time. The involvement and interaction with the board of directors, our staff and most importantly, our members has been personally and professionally rewarding for me. I am confident the organization will go on to even greater success in the future, and I look forward to following the progress of the organization and all of the friends I've made along the way."
Sitkauskas will chair a search committee that will conduct a search for Hoiland’s replacement.
Landis+Gyr Wins Members' Choice Award
Congratulations to Landis+Gyr for winning the first Smart Utility Marketplace Members' Choice Award.
The award was sponsored by MultiView, the company that produces the Smart Utility Marketplace and Utilimetrics.
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