Itron and Avista Collaborate on Smart Grid Demonstration Project in Pullman, Wash.
Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that it is one of
several partners that will work with Avista (NYSE: AVA) on its
smart grid demonstration project in Pullman, Wash. The Pullman
project, part of the larger Pacific Northwest Smart Grid
Demonstration Project being led by Battelle, will give customers in
Pullman a role in testing technology and shaping smart grid
implementation across our region.
The goal of the project is to use smart grid technologies,
including advanced metering technology and enhanced utility
communication, to automate parts of the energy distribution system,
in order to allow customers to monitor their energy consumption,
increase power grid reliability, incorporate renewable energy
sources and provide shorter restoration times for local
“Avista is pleased to be working with Itron to incorporate smart
metering and data management solutions, which are key to preparing
the electric distribution system for future technologies,” said Don
Kopczynski, vice president of transmission and distribution
operations for Avista.
Avista will team up with several regional entities for the $38
million Pullman project, including the City of Pullman and
cost-share partners Itron, Washington State University,
Hewlett-Packard and Spirae.
Smart meters will be used to provide detailed energy usage data,
reduce outage response times, and ensure power reliability. Itron’s
meter data management solution will help provide analytics to
optimize distribution system reliability in the area. It can also
be utilized to engage consumers and transform energy usage through
a variety of future demand response, load management and energy
“We are excited to have yet another forward-looking utility
choose an Itron solution as it looks to realize the benefits of the
smart grid,” said Philip Mezey, Itron North America senior vice
president and COO. “Avista joins a growing list of utilities
demonstrating how advanced technology will allow providers to
better understand and manage energy delivery.”
At Itron, we’re dedicated to delivering end-to-end smart grid
and smart distribution solutions to electric, gas and water
utilities around the globe. Our company is the world’s leading
provider of smart metering, data collection and utility software
systems, with nearly 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on our
technology to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water.
Our offerings include electricity, gas, water and heat meters;
network communication technology; collection systems and related
software applications; and professional services. To realize your
smarter energy and water future, start here: www.itron.com.
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production,
transmission and distribution of energy as well as other
energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating
division that provides electric service to 355,000 customers and
natural gas to 315,000 customers. Our service territory covers
30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts
of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.
Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our
stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information
about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.
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