Bangor Hydro deploys Itron software to support migration to smart grid


Gerry Chasse,
President & COO,
Bangor Hydro
Bangor, ME and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 16, 2011 – Bangor Hydro Electric Company is implementing Itron software solutions to help it migrate from automated meter reading (AMR) processes to an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

In January 2010, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approved an investment in smart grid infrastructure investments for Bangor Hydro, which serves 117,000 customers in eastern and east coastal Maine.

As part of its business case, Bangor Hydro will employ Itron expertise and technology to implement dynamic pricing and multi-channel customer engagement that will help customers better understand and manage their energy usage. Detailed hourly interval readings from over 100,000 meters will be processed, analyzed and presented via a web portal to both residential and commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.
“Our project with Itron directly aligns with our business strategy to provide in-home energy management solutions to benefit customers, support energy independence and provide tools for customers to manage their electricity consumption and costs in a more efficient and informed manner,” said Gerry Chasse, Bangor Hydro president and chief operating officer.

Field trials will begin in the coming months and will feature day ahead hourly pricing for the supply component of customer bills. By combining dynamic pricing with web portals, Bangor Hydro enables participating customers to proactively manage electricity costs by reducing usage during peak pricing periods. The Itron software solution supports the complex business and functional requirements for Bangor Hydro’s smart grid vision and enables them to adapt as their needs and market conditions change.