PowerStream Selects Trilliant for AMI Smart Suite Metering Program
Trilliant Incorporated, an industry-leading provider of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) based on open standards, today announced that it has been selected by PowerStream, the third largest local electricity distribution company in Ontario, as its exclusive agent to provide AMI smart suite-metering equipment, supplies and services for residential, commercial and industrial (C&I) use. For PowerStream, suite metering is an important area of focus given its significant role in helping to meet energy conservation objectives while also representing as much as 25 percent of expected growth in consumers directly served by the utility.
Suite metering involves measuring the energy use of individual suites in multi-occupant buildings, including condos. This allows building tenants to be accountable for their own utility use and costs, benefiting both the landlord and the tenants. According to a report issued by the New York State Energy and Development Authority, a suite-metered building can reduce energy consumption by 10-26 percent.
About 90 percent of Ontario’s stock of rental multi-residential apartments is currently bulk-metered. This sector currently represents about five percent of Ontario’s electricity consumption. A report issued by the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario calculates that if buildings were to be individually metered, it would reduce overall provincial consumption by about one percent.
“PowerStream experienced significant growth in 2007. The success of our work withTrilliant’s suite- metering solutions has played a big role in this,” said Edward Chatten, vice president corporate performance and metering for PowerStream. “By extending our efforts in suite metering, we expect to continue to provide our customers with outstanding and cost effective service.”
Trilliant will provide PowerStream with sales and marketing support, engineering design services, a CI metering and AMI network, installation and commissioning, data management and operations support, and process expertise.
“By taking a leadership role in providing AMI smart suite-metering solutions for condominium corporations, business parks and property management communities, PowerStream is providing its users with the tools to be leaders in developing a conservation culture,” said Paul Karr, vice president of marketing for Trilliant. “This is a prime example of how utilities can use AMI solutions to better serve a class of consumers while furthering objectives required to meet future energy needs of the region. Trilliant is pleased to be working closely with PowerStream.”
About PowerStream Inc.
PowerStream delivers power to more than 237,000 residential and business customers in the municipalities of Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. The company, jointly owned by the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham, is committed to providing its customers with safe, reliable and efficient service. They achieve this goal by focusing on operational efficiencies and procedures in order to minimize overhead costs and maximize the use of company assets.