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Utilities Kingston selects Itron for smart metering technology

Itron Inc. today announced a contract with Utilities Kingston to provide the municipality with its fixed network au...


November 29, 2005  


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Itron Inc. today announced a contract with Utilities Kingston to provide the municipality with its fixed network automatic meter reading (AMR) technology and Centron electricity meters.

Kingston joins four other Ontario utilities that have deployed pilots with Itron — Wasaga Distribution, Hydro Ottawa, Bluewater Power and Toronto Hydro — in anticipation of new “smart meter” initiatives from the Ontario Ministry of Energy to foster energy and water conservation.

The ministry is considering introducing legislation that would require utilities to collect electricity usage data more frequently, and to offer programs that enable customers to respond to time-sensitive pricing, especially during periods of peak loads.

If passed, the bill will serve as another important step in the government’s plan to create a culture of conservation and empower citizens to conserve energy and reduce the strain on the power delivery system during peak periods, Itron said in a release.

“Having smart meters on all three services — electricity, water and gas — under one fixed network is tremendously advantageous,” said Jim Keech, President and CEO for Utilities Kingston.

“We save money with the economies of scale, we save time, it promotes both energy and water conservation and our customers are happier.”

Itron’s open architecture will allow Kingston to utilize its fiber optic network for backhaul communication from Itron’s network collector units, said Keech.

Brad Joyce, a Utilities Kingston manager, said it is looking to expand its fixed network deployment to cover a total of 27,000 electric meters, as well as 34,000 water and 14,000 gas meters.

Over the past two years, the utility has been developing a high-speed broadband community network and currently has over 40 kilometers of fiber-optic cable laid throughout Kingston.