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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 outages.
“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
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 efficiency programs.
“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
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.