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Xcel Energy Expands Cellnet Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program

Cellnet Technology, Inc. has executed a major expansion with longstanding customer Xcel Energy. Under terms of the agreement, Cellnet is increasing its Minnesota area network into Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota,and will deploy UtiliNet wireless fixed network metering to more than 710,000 new, solid state electricity and natural gas customer meters. At the rollout’s conclusion, Xcel Energy will have deployed advanced metering infrastructure to more than 2.1 million electricity and natural gas customers throughout these service areas. Xcel Energy has been a Cellnet customer since 1996.

InformationWeek has ranked Xcel Energy No. 8 overall in its 2006 InformationWeek 500 listing of the nation’s most innovative technology-using companies—the highest among all energy and utility companies.

“Cellnet is building market leadership with its solutions that enable the reality of advanced infrastructure for the intelligent grid,” said Mike Zito, Cellnet president and CEO. “We are excited that our partner, Xcel Energy, has chosen to expand its Cellnet managed service program, and we anticipate continued growth in the Cellnet-Xcel Energy relationship in years to come.”
Gogel concluded, “We look forward to delivering the benefits of Cellnet’s advanced metering infrastructure to additional Xcel Energy customers through this expansion.”

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