Minnesota energy company selects Itron to modernise its grid


The energy company will leverage Itron’s Total Outcomes, a complete managed services offering using its technology and analytics to deliver needed outcomes.

The Otter Tail Power Company seeks greater awareness of service interruptions across its territory to improve reliability. [National Grid selects Itron for infrastructure upgrade]

[quote] According to a release, the power company working continuously to improve grid reliability and wants to be as efficient as possible with its restoration efforts. To this end, Itron will manage reliability analytics on behalf of the utility, using information from its OpenWay smart grid solution with cellular communications.

The smart energy solutions company will notify operators when interruptions occur as well as pinpoint the circuits, phases and number of customers involved. This will empower the utility to proactively improve overall reliability, outage response and customer satisfaction.

Rod Jensen, P.E., reliability engineer at Otter Tail Power Company, said: “Otter Tail Power Company was looking to replace our aging interruption monitoring system with an automated metering infrastructure (AMI)-based offering that provides both historic and real-time outage analytics and voltage monitoring capabilities on a single platform.”

The Otter Tail Power Company will also perform historic outage analysis and measure restoration performance. This enables operators to identify poorly performing feeders and prioritise budget allocation for infrastructure improvements and maintenance.

Avista Utilities selects Itron

Washington-based energy company Avista Utilities has also recently partnered with Itron to upgrade its electric and gas network in Washington. [Avista Utilities modernises network with Itron OpenWay Riva]

In a combined statement, the utility serving 375,000 electric and 335,000 gas consumers said it will deploy Itron’s IoT technology, OpenWay Riva, to improve its grid management through real time monitoring.

Avista believes the solution will help it reduce its power and gas losses, enhance customer service and engagement as well as provide a foundation for integration and operation of multiple smart city applications.

The platform will allow the city to deploy smart meters for theft detection, automatic meter readings and communication with consumers.

The utility will also use the solution to employ smart city technologies such as street lighting and electric vehicle charging systems.

Heather Rosentrater, vice president of Energy Delivery at Avista commented: “We selected Itron for our multi-year Advanced Metering project because its OpenWay Riva solution can deliver the capabilities we need today and provide the flexibility and foundation for additional applications in the future to meet the evolving expectations and needs of our customers.”