India’s largest construction company Larsen & Toubro has chosen Itron to supply residential water meters as part of an infrastructure upgrade project in Delhi expected to take a year and a half. The deal, which calls for Itron to provide 250,000 water meters, is the company’s largest contract in India to date. In a previous deal, Itron delivered 100,000 water meters to DJB.
Itron and Krohne have announced a partnership that will provide advanced water meter technology to utilities around the world. Under the terms of the agreement, signed recently at Itron’s facility in Mâcon, France, Krohne will supply water meters that leverage electromagnetic technology for Itron’s portfolio.
Avista will use Tropos Networks and Itron’s jointly developed Smart Grid solution as part of the $38 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project in the city of Pullman, Washington, and the nearby community of Albion. The project, according to Avista, is designed to “increase system reliability and reduce outage time, incorporate renewable energy sources, and provide customers with more tools and information to monitor their energy usage.” To fulfill those goals, Avista is deploying an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid communications, and distribution automation (DA) devices.
The Smart Specification Working Group (SSWG) has expressed support for the UK government’s recently announced accelerated roll-out of smart meters. The Group was established in June 2010 by global smart energy system companies committed to helping British consumers benefit from smart energy, including Elster, Landis+Gyr, and Secure Meters. Recently, GE, Itron, Logica, SAP, Sensus, and Trilliant have joined the SSWG.
From the two heads are better than one strategy, Itron and Landis+Gyr will integrate each other’s smart grid communication technology into their own advanced meters. Integrating Landis+Gyr communications technology into the Itron CENTRON II meter, and Itron communications into the Landis+Gyr FOCUS AX-SD meter, significantly broadens the choices utilities have in deploying sophisticated metering systems.
Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr, and Sensus have formed the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA). The non-profit organization will focus on advocacy work and education on the topic of smart meters. Each founding member company will having representatives on the board, with the president’s position rotating between companies.
For all the well publicized sturm und drang in various municipalities by anti-smart meter advocates, the global smart meter industry continues to gain momentum. Meter manufacturers shipped nearly five million meters in the first quarter of 2011, a year-to-year increase of 22.7 percent. The numbers mark the second highest quarter of shipments to date, just behind the record 5.1 million meters shipped in the second quarter of 2010.
Detroit Edison (DTE Energy), which services more than two million electric customers in Southeastern Michigan, has selected solutions from Itron and Tropos for its $168 million SmartCurrents project, the utility’s first smart grid program designed to modernize the electric grid, improving distribution system reliability and efficiency, and empowering electric customers with more information about their power usage.
Bangor Hydro Electric Company is implementing Itron software solutions to migrate from automated meter reading (AMR) processes to an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The utility will employ Itron technology to implement dynamic pricing and multi-channel customer engagement that will help customers better understand and manage their energy usage.
Itron is providing a smart payment solution, including gas meters, regulators, and software for the gasification of 15,000 households in the city of Chimkent, Kazakhstan. The gas network will be operated by Kazakhstan’s national gas supply utility, KazTransGas Aymak.