Conelectricas selects Itron to enhance operations for consortium members


In Costa Rica, a utility consortium has selected Itron to improve operations of grid networks using advanced metering infrastructure.

Conelectricas, comprising of four utility cooperatives, will deploy Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT solution.

The solution will include the installation of 250,000 smart meters over the next five years.

Itron is partnering with ITECNA to implement the project.

The Software-as-a-service offering, which includes back-office and edge analytics applications will help the utility cooperatives improve services to 980,000 customers.

The smart meters are expected to help operational costs and non-revenue electricity.

The project will provide Conelectricas with the ability to remotely connect and disconnect devices to improve processes, avoid truck rolls and enhance the quality of service for electricity customers.

Consumers will be able to improve their energy efficiency through access to real-time energy usage data via an online portal.

The cooperatives will also be able to add smart city applications such as distribution automation, electric vehicle charging and smart water metering.

Erick Rojas Salazar, general manager, Conelectricas R.L. “With this solution, Conelectricas R.L. will be able to meet regulation requirements and uncover new revenue streams, such as EV stations, streetlight management, network services, energy and water usage management etc in the smart city and IoT space.”