Glendale, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 12, 2010 – Glendale Water & Power (GWP), the first utility to sign for smart grid stimulus funding, last week installed its first smart meters.
The company intends to replace 120,000 electric and water meters with advanced technology to allow for two-way communication with the utility, and to provide customers with real time usage data to help them conserve energy and water.
GWP has designated four areas throughout the City to test out the installation plan of the new smart meters. With phase 1, the company plans on replacing approximately 1,000 electric and 500 water meters. After the first phase is completed and tested, GWP will move to start installation of smart meters throughout the City in fall 2010 with completion by fall 2011.
The total project cost is $70 million, of which $20 million is being provided as a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
“Glendale Water & Power is keyed up to start the installations of our new smart meters,” commented the company’s general manager, Glenn Steiger. “We are excited to get these meters out there and reap the benefits of this new technology. It will greatly improve our services, help us develop smarter rate structures for our customers, and help our customers conserve energy and water.”
Customers in the designated areas are being provided with notification of their installations. Prior to receiving notifications, GWP also held two community informative meetings to educate customers on the benefits of smart meters. More meetings will be scheduled after phase 1 is completed.
Utility Partners of America has been contracted to install the meters, which are being provided by Itron. These include OpenWay® electricity meters and Water SaveSource™ endpoints, as well as Itron Enterprise Edition™ (IEE) Meter Data Management (MDM) software.