Boise, ID, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 19, 2009 – Idaho Power is starting to rollout advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to its customers across its 24,000-square-mile service territory in Oregon and Idaho.

The meter exchange schedule begins in the Boise/Treasure Valley area in 2009. In 2010 it will move to Canyon County, Payette, Eastern Oregon and Mountain Home, and then to the Eastern Idaho region and Magic Valley areas where it will conclude in 2011.

Idaho Power has contracted with utility metering solutions provider TruCheck, to install the new meters, except those for large commercial and irrigation customers which will be exchanged by the utility’s meter technicians.

About 157,000 customers will receive AMI in 2009, 150,000 customers in 2010 and 144,000 customers in 2011.

The rollout follows a successful trial in an area from Emmett to McCall in northwest Idaho.

Mark Heintzelman, project manager for Idaho Power, was quoted as saying the AMI would eliminate the practice of estimating, especially in areas where winter conditions make travel difficult.

“We serve a lot of areas where there is no other communication we can rely on,” Heintzelman said.

The total project costs over the three-year project are approximately $71 million.