PG&E awards four-year contract for major portion of AMI


Cameron O’Reilly,
CEO, Landis+Gyr
San Francisco, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 21, 2008  – A four-year contract to supply a major portion of the planned deployment of more than 5 million advanced electric meters to California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has been awarded to Landis+Gyr.

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.

The contract is part of PG&E’s SmartMeter(TM) program, under which AMI will be rolled out to its entire customer base, including over four million natural gas and five million electric customer accounts. This $1.7 billion deployment ranks as one of the largest ever undertaken in the U.S. Some of the services and products under the agreement are contingent on regulatory approval as part of PG&E’s SmartMeter(TM) Program Upgrade.

PG&E recently began billing a portion of its customers on data collected through its SmartMeter(TM) AMI. This data has been consolidated and validated using the meter data management solution provided by Ecologic Analytics, which is part owned by Landis+Gyr.

"PG&E’s decision to choose Landis+Gyr as one of its primary AMI suppliers is proof that we have a leading product," said Landis+Gyr CEO Cameron O’Reilly. "Utilities understand how crucial it is to pick the right meter, which can account for a significant portion of the total cost of a typical AMI rollout."

PG&E is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States, delivering energy to 15 million people in northern and central California.

Landis+Gyr is a leading supplier of energy management solutions globally.