British Gas chooses Elster as their primary partner for advanced gas metering to support their business goals
28th July 2014 — Elster announced today 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."
Elster is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services – key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging Smart markets.
Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications. Visit: www.elster.com
About British Gas:
British Gas is the UK's leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain –nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million UK businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Home Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.