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October 15, 2012

Keeping the Home Lights Burning: Itron Collaborations Benefit Consumers



Liberty Lake, WA-based smart meter manufacturer, Itron, and Redwood City, CA-based C3 (News - Alert) Energy, a software solution provider, have launched a strategic alliance to integrate and jointly market an energy management solution to North American utilities.

The commitment will enable utilities to provide comprehensive energy management services to their customers, empowering them to better manage their own power usage and save money. The integrated solution also promises to accelerate the utility’s time-to-value, harnessing the power of the smart grid for consumer benefit.

Together, the companies are helping utilities deliver significant business value to all of their customer segments as they turn data into actionable insight.

“Itron is committed to helping our customers create knowledge and derive greater business value from their smart grid investments,” said Philip Mezey, Itron president and COO at Energy. “This alliance with C3 Energy is an excellent opportunity to enable utilities to create knowledge from smart metering – strengthening customer relationships and benefiting both the utility and its [ratepayers].”

“With this new partnership, utilities can act on a comprehensive vision of the smart grid,” said Ed Abbo, C3 Energy president and CTO. “Itron and C3 Energy offer an integrated solution that helps utilities quickly get from fine-grain data collection to proven customer value, through greater energy efficiency and improved customer relationships.”

C3 Energy will be featured in the Partner Pavilion at Itron Utility Week, which will be held in San Antonio, TX from October 21 - 23, 2012.

Ultrasonic Gas Meter

In related news, Itron also announced that it is ready for the European launch of its next-generation ultrasonic gas meter for residential applications. This new product, USONIX, is the result of a year-long collaboration with Panasonic (News - Alert) to develop a fully electronic gas meter – meaning that the meter uses ultrasonic sensors to measure gas volume, rather than using conventional diaphragm technology. This innovative approach will provide gas utilities in Europe with a safe and reliable product to efficiently measure gas.

“Itron’s new USONIX meter is unlike any meter available today,” said Remy Brill, Itron vice president and managing director, EMEA Energy. “Using Panasonic’s field-proven sensor technology, USONIX will deliver true business value to our gas utility customers.”

Key features of this meter include enhanced dust protection, which keeps the meter operating accurately even in harsh conditions; temperature-corrected volume as a basis for fair billing; and the lowest noise levels, especially for in-home installations. Its low pressure drop makes it the preferred choice in regions with low pressure networks.

As Itron’s hybrid smart gas meter, the ultrasonic gas meter’s electronic index supports the latest developments of smart metering communication technologies.

The product will initially be available in the U.K. and Italy. Itron will expand its availability over time.

In addition, Itron and Panasonic are continuing to collaborate on new products for gas utilities, including designing a metering product that will enable utilities to identify compatible gas appliances for their customers as part of a gas management service.

“Through this close relationship with Itron, we will be able to provide new business models to energy utilities,” said Masanori Iwai, Panasonic global marketing manager, gas meter devices. “By identifying the compatible appliances, utilities can offer value-added service to the end users, and this will be the key solution for them to realize energy management, which was the missing piece of the industry.”




Edited by Braden Becker

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