Itron’s OpenWay smart meters will run over a multi-application communication network powered by Cisco. The associated system software and meter data management system are included in the agreement, which is worth approximately $270 million.
Gary Murphy, BC Hydro’s Chief Project Officer of the Smart Metering Program, says, “Itron is a top tier metering system provider with proven smart meter solutions, extensive utility experience, and a clear commitment to ensuring BC Hydro achieves our Smart Metering objectives.”
Itron President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy, Philip Mezey, says, “BC Hydro’s comprehensive program helps to advance the practical evolution of grid modernization in North America. We are honoured to provide a functionally rich and comprehensive solution that will help BC Hydro meet long-term goals, deliver operating benefits, and empower its customers.”
The Smart Metering Program will make BC Hydro’s grid more reliable; increase public and employee safety; provide immediate savings helping to keep rates low; and cut down on energy theft.
Itron now has over 16 million OpenWay units under contract.In addition to BC Hydro, several large utilities in North American are deploying Itron’s OpenWay system, including Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, CenterPoint Energy and Detroit Edison. For more information, visit www.itron.com.
BC Hydro has established a goal to meet at least 66 percent of the province’s future electricity needs through conservation by 2020. More information, including audio clips from an interview with Gary Murphy, Chief Project Officer, Smart Metering Program, is available in on the BC Hydro web site at www.bchydro.com/media.