Portland, OR, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 25, 2007 – Portland General Electric Company (PGE), a fully integrated electric utility, has entered into a definitive agreement with Sensus Metering Systems for the purchase of Sensus’ FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution. PGE’s current plans call for deployment of the system to approximately 850,000 residential and commercial electric customers between 2008 and 2010, subject to approval by the Oregon Public Utility Commission and PGE’s board of directors.
The FlexNet system provides PGE with two-way communications to Sensus iCon electric meters; enabling on-demand reads, remote connect/disconnect services, outage verification and remote firmware upgrades. FlexNet also establishes the platform for additional customer and systems-related benefits in the future.
“We evaluated many vendors during our multi-year selection process and believe that Sensus is the vendor best suited to meet our AMI needs,” said Bruce Carpenter, PGE general manager for revenue operations. “With FlexNet, PGE customers are expected to benefit from expanded services, increased efficiencies and operational savings. Sensus delivers the single technology solution we require for urban and rural coverage, with the power and flexibility for future advanced applications.”
FlexNet provides a reliable and flexible two-way AMI fixed network. Utility customers benefit from the dedicated, primary-use, FCC licensed and protected communications network combined with ANSI-compliant metering, IP-based wide area communications, open standards home area networking, advanced smart grid products, and IP-based information systems. Sensus delivers AMI communications through RF data paths with double the RF power of competing systems, allowing utilities to communicate with a complete range of endpoint devices including smart water, gas and electric meters, intelligent home devices, and distribution automation equipment in any mix of rural and urban terrain.