Glendale, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 19, 2011 – Glendale Water & Power last week installed its final smart meter on the campus of Glendale Community College.
This final installation event marks a historic event for the utility, whose firsts include being the first in the nation to sign The Department of Energy’s American Reinvestment Recovery Act (ARRA) grant to receive $20 million for their project.
The final smart meter was installed by a recent Verdugo Power Academy graduate, Stephen Kim, who now works for GWP’s meter section.
The Verdugo Power Academy, a partnership between The Verdugo Workforce Investment Board, Glendale Community College, and GWP has also received grant funding from ARRA. The partners developed a curriculum to train unemployed and displaced workers to gain valuable skills to qualify in an entry level craft position for the electric utility.
“I would like to congratulate all the employees that worked tirelessly on what was only an idea on paper in 2007 and turned into one of the biggest projects for this utility,” commented Glenn Steiger, general manager of GWP. “I am proud of the work we have accomplished in the first phase of this project and we are more committed now to really show the benefits of the smart grid.”
A total of 120,000 smart meters have been installed throughout Glendale. These meters are already wirelessly communicating with the utility. GWP’s next step is to show the benefits of this technology to its residents. The company is partnering with Ceiva in Burbank to pilot a program that shows customer’s usage on a digital photo frame.