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British Gas selects Elster for gas metering

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Elster has announced that British Gas Business (BGB), the UK’s largest non-domestic gas supplier, has selected the metering firm as its primary partner for the provision of advanced gas metering.

The agreement sees Elster, Europe’s largest provider of non-domestic meters, supplying up to 100,000 advanced commercial and industrial gas meters over the next three years to a significant proportion of BGB’s UK customer base.

Under this arrangement Elster will provide its next generation range of themis diaphragm gas meters, with flexible embedded GPRS communications and Zone 0 ATEX accreditation. Elster will also supply its RABO range of rotary meters with encoder communications. Both of these technologies are aimed at improving the accuracy and frequency of data, which BGB is able to provide to its business customers, enabling them to more easily understand and manage their energy.

This extensive deployment programme will be undertaken on behalf of BGB by its chosen Meter Asset Management (MAM) partners, Energy Assets Plc and Smart Metering Systems Plc, both of whom have long and proven working relationships with Elster.

The themis range of meters utilises a modular UMI communications protocol which supports a flexible approach to future change requirements, effectively future-proofing our smart solutions.

Steve Case, UK Smart Programme Executive, for Elster commented: “We are delighted that BGB have chosen Elster for this pioneering project. This is the first significant advance in gas metering technology within this sector for many years, and we are confident that this will benefit BGB, our MAM partners Energy Assets and Smart Metering Systems and, more importantly, BGB’s customers.”

Matt Idle, Director of Customer Operations, British Gas commented: “Since 2008 we have made significant efforts to ensure that all of our customers could benefit from advanced metering, and this agreement is the next step in this journey. The meters provided by Elster will enable our corporate customers to benefit from innovative technology, which will make it easier for them to control and reduce their energy costs.”

Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

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