Landis+Gyr recently announced a four-year contract to supply a major portion of the planned deployment of more than five million advanced electric meters to California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Under the agreement, the San Francisco-based utility plans to deploy next generation Landis+Gyr FOCUS(TM) advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meters to empower residential and small business customers in Northern and Central California to make smarter energy choices, better manage their use of electricity, cut their electricity bills, and help protect the environment.

Through PG&E’s SmartMeter programme, PG&E is rolling out advanced metering technology to its entire customer base, including over four million natural gas and five million electric customer accounts. This US$1.7 billion deployment ranks as one of the largest ever undertaken in the US. Some of the services and products under the agreement are contingent on regulatory approval as part of PG&E’s SmartMeter Programme Upgrade.

PG&E recently began billing a portion of its customers on data collected through its SmartMeter automated metering infrastructure. This data has been consolidated and validated using the meter data management solution provided by Bloomington, MN-based Ecologic Analytics, which is part owned by Landis+Gyr.

“National demand for electricity is growing three times faster than power resources are being added,” said Richard Mora, Landis+Gyr President & CEO, North America. “So energy conservation is critical. Through its broad deployment of smart metering technology, PG&E is empowering its customers to make smart energy choices and save money.”

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