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Avista and Itron Collaborate on Smart Grid Demonstration Project

Itron Inc. is one of several partners that will work with Avista on its smart grid demonstration project in Pullman, Washington. The Pullman project, part of the larger Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project being led by Battelle, will give customers in Pullman a role in testing technology and shaping smart grid implementation across our region.

The goal of the project is to use smart grid technologies, including advanced metering technology and enhanced utility communication, to automate parts of the energy distribution system, in order to allow customers to monitor their energy consumption, increase power grid reliability, incorporate renewable energy sources and provide shorter restoration times for local outages.

Avista will team up with several regional entities for the $38 million Pullman project, including the city of Pullman and cost-share partners Itron, Washington State University, Hewlett-Packard and Spirae.

Smart meters will be used to provide detailed energy usage data, reduce outage response times, and ensure power reliability. Itron’s meter data management solution will help provide analytics to optimize distribution system reliability in the area. It can also be used to engage consumers and transform energy usage through a variety of future demand response, load management and energy efficiency programs.

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