Texas-based CenterPoint Energy and NMB Water have been recognised with Frost and Sullivan’s Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards during Itron Utility Week in Florida.The Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards honour utilities that have demonstrated their commitment and ability to significantly reduce wasted energy and water based on a recent and successful technology implementation.
According to a release, CenterPoint Energy was recognised in the energy category for its early adoption of smart grid technology and impressive results conserving energy and reducing costs in its operations. [Minnesota energy company selects Itron to modernise its grid]
Since 2009, CenterPoint Energy has reportedly saved over 1.6 million gallons of gasoline, avoided 14,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions and avoided vehicle trips through more than 16 million automated customer service orders. It has also saved over $107 million in operations and maintenance through prevented loss from electricity theft and reduced meter reading, fleet and equipment costs.
NMB Water improves leak detection with AMI
NMB Water (formerly City of North Miami Beach Public Utilities), which serves 170,000 residents in Northern Miami-Dade County in Florida, was recognised in the water category for focus on conservation through the use of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and leak detection technology. [Brazilian utility selects Itron and i20 Water to reduce water loss]
The utility recently completed the installation of its AMI solution with Itron. Its primary objective is to address growing concerns around leakage and to better manage delivery of water resources. With the leak sensing technology deployed in the field, the utility is able to significantly reduce the time required to complete a leak detection survey.
Farah Saaed, principal consultant at Frost and Sullivan, said: “These two utilities have clearly demonstrated their commitment to the resourceful use of energy and water. CenterPoint Energy’s significant results in reducing vehicle trips and thus lowering CO2 emissions made it the clear winner in the energy category. NMB Water has a strong vision to reduce water loss and is well on its way to making this vision a reality using AMI and leak detection technology.”
CenterPoint Energy is a Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility serving several markets in the US states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
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