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Itron Expands Collaboration with Microsoft to Accelerate Energy Transition

May 23, 2022
Utilities and cities can reap the benefit of edge computing, high-fidelity data, AI and machine learning with cloud technologies and solutions to support decarbonization

Itron and Microsoft are expanding their collaboration to accelerate cloud adoption and consumer and grid-edge solutions for the utility and smart cities industries.

The collaboration brings together Itron’s energy management solutions and Microsoft’s leading cloud solutions to transform how end users view and manage their energy, and how utilities meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry. Itron is working with Microsoft to develop solutions that deliver unprecedented insights and benefits for utilities, communities and enterprises to reach their goals, including grid resilience, consumer engagement, operational efficiency and decarbonization. 

With a focus on security, reliability and value, the collaboration will address industry critical challenges, such as greenhouse gas emissions, carbon tracking, zero carbon goals, clean energy matching, data accessibility and operational insights.

This includes network visibility, asset management, outage management and insights into Electric Vehicle (EV) and distributed energy resource loads that are essential to enabling a decarbonized grid. The collaboration will deliver integrated solutions to measure, report and accelerate the path to net zero for utilities and their customers.

Utilities will also be able to unlock additional value and data from their smart grid implementations, including new use cases such as location awareness, intelligent voltage monitoring, real-time transformer load monitoring, EV and solar awareness, active premise load shedding and more. 

The expansion of the collaboration will benefit industry stakeholders, consumers and others by enabling high-fidelity data to be utilized at the edge of utilities’ and cities’ connected IoT platforms. Example use cases that will benefit from this data, analytics and integration include:

  • Utilities tracking towards net zero goals and engaging their customers around carbon management
  • Distributed energy resource providers identifying customers who can benefit from their products and customers who desire advanced energy solutions
  • Utilities improving demand side management, outage communication, outage prevention and outage management

By increasing the number of cloud-ready solutions for the next-generation technology stack, the collaboration will enable faster deployment, increase cost effectiveness, and enhance security and resilience. With Microsoft, Itron is accelerating the extension of its leading Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), data management and analytics solutions to the cloud in global markets. 

The expanded collaboration will allow Itron to identify utility and city customers across the globe who can benefit from their existing solutions and reach global enterprises with critical energy and decarbonization requirements. It will help more customers effectively shift operations into the cloud and take advantage of innovative and emerging solutions to meet critical operational, service and sustainability goals.

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