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Feb 9 2005


Anaheim Public Utilities, Tantalus, and eMeter Combine in Win
for Best Demand Response Initiative

Vancouver, BC Canada – February 9, 2005 – An innovative energy management program that paid off in reduced power consumption and lower consumer costs for energy earned the City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department the 2004 award for Best Demand Response Initiative from the Energy Planning Network.

Anaheim ’s Spare the Power Program, which ran in the late summer of 2004, provided energy consumers with the information and incentives needed to significantly reduce electricity consumption during hot summer afternoons when air conditioners and other power-draining activities are at their peak.

The pilot was prompted by California’s energy crisis and a need for effective demand-side management tools. With programs already in place for large commercial customers, Anaheim wanted to explore ways to provide residential customers with the same ability to closely monitor and manage energy consumption within their homes.

Anaheim invited 150 randomly chosen customers to participate in the program. Homes were equipped with advanced electric meters that recorded energy consumption data in 15-minute intervals. Customers who lowered consumption between noon and 6:00 pm on a Spare the Power Day received a $0.35 per kilowatt hour rebate (compared to baseline usage). The standard rate is $0.11 per kWh. Those who did not reduce consumption were not rebated.

Customer feedback shows strong support for the program. Preliminary data indicated load reductions in the range of 20% during critical peak events. Detailed analysis will be performed upon completion of the second phase of the program in summer 2005.

Advanced metering and communication technology was employed in order to provide Anaheim and its customers with the information they need to make smart consumption decisions.

Data was collected daily from the meters using the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet®), a wireless, two-way data communications network. TUNet enabled Anaheim to relay data from each home to the operations center where it was warehoused. Analysts could, in turn, use the data to determine baselines and energy curtailment on specific days when the customers were requested via phone and email to reduce their usage.

Redwood, California-based eMeter Corporation (an energy software and services company) and Stanford University designed and conducted the pilot, which involved customer recruitment, meter installation, data management, project management, and other services needed to complete the pilot. Stanford University economists are evaluating customer load reductions.

“Our long-term goal is to provide dynamic pricing information to all 94,000 residential electric meters within our service territory,” says Rick Morella, who led the Anaheim team. “This project serves as a case study for how innovative rate programs and new technology can create more astute energy consumers. Advanced notice of critical peak periods armed homeowners with the information they need to reduce their electricity bill. What’s more, reduced demand relieves the pressure to generate more energy or buy it from the expensive spot market. I call that an all-around win.”

Each year, the Energy Planning Network recognizes utilities for exceptional metering initiatives and receives applications from gas, water, and electric utilities located in virtually every corner of the globe. A full list of winners can be found on the organizations website: www.enerplanning.com.

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About Anaheim Public Utilities
For more than 100 years, Anaheim Public Utilities has served Anaheim water and electric customers with low rates and reliable service. Anaheim Public Utilities is Orange County's only publicly owned water and electric utility. Founded in 1857, the City of Anaheim is one of the nation's premier municipalities and California's 10th most populous city. As the oldest city in Orange County, Anaheim covers 50 square miles, with more than 340,000 residents and 2,050 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.162 billion. The city boasts world-class organizations such as the Anaheim Angels, The Boeing Company, CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3 Communications, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Pacific Sunwear and The Walt Disney Company. Annually, Anaheim also welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play.

For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.

About eMeter
Since 1999, eMeter Corporation of Redwood City, California, has provided software and services for electric, gas, and water utilities with fixed network automatic meter reading (AMR) systems. The Power Information Platform by eMeter (PIPe) Advanced Meter Information System (AMIS) software supports project management, system and asset management, and meter and communications installation, operations and maintenance. eMeter provides its AMIS technology as licensed software, owned and operated by the customer or as a hosted and managed service. eMeter's unequalled professional services team provides “design-build-operate” services leveraging the PIPe software to deliver utilities best-in-class results. From pilots and commercial/industrial projects to large-scale rollouts, eMeter delivers on-time, on-budget; ensuring high-quality, reliable data collection; and accurate, low exception-rate installation. Working with eMeter, utilities maximize the business case benefits of their advanced metering investments while minimizing ownership and operating costs.

For more information, please visit www.emeter.com

About Tantalus
Founded in 1989, Tantalus designs, manufactures, and markets two-way, real-time data communications networks to monitor and control electric, gas, and water utilities. The Tantalus Utility Network is a single, multi-purpose communications backbone specifically designed to help utilities extend the capacity of their distribution infrastructure. Tantalus’ long-range wireless networks unite a utility’s applications, making advanced metering, outage management, power quality monitoring, load management, and distribution automation cost-effective and practical throughout both urban and rural service areas.

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