FortisBC selects advanced metering solution from Itron


Kelowna, BC, Canada and Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 2, 2012 – FortisBC Inc. has selected Itron’s smart metering solution, consisting of advanced metering, network communications and software systems, to support the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.

The solution will enable FortisBC, an integrated energy solutions provider serving approximately 162,000 electricity customers in the southern interior of British Columbia, to modernize its electrical grid to deliver electricity more efficiently and reliably.
The project, which was last week submitted for approval to the British Columbia Utilities Commission, includes 115,000 Itron advanced meters operated over a multi-application IPv6 communication network based on Cisco’s GridBlocks(TM)architecture. In addition, FortisBC will install Itron’s meter data management and data presentment software for the processing and analysis of meter and other utility-related data. The contract is worth approximately $21 million and installation is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

“At FortisBC, meter reading has largely been a manual process. Itron’s smart grid solution will help us build a more secure and reliable grid, enabling key programs for consumer engagement and grid efficiency,” said Mark Warren, director of customer service at FortisBC. “In addition, we see great value in the Itron-Cisco IPv6 architecture and its ability to adapt to future smart grid requirements.”

The project is expected to total $48 million and to save customers $19 million over its life.