St Louis, MO, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 24, 2011 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is to deploy Aclara’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution and utility data management software to its approximately six million residential and most commercial natural gas customers throughout its service territory.
The project was approved by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) in April 2010.
When completed, it will represent North America’s only fully integrated meter-to-consumer AMI system used by a natural gas-only utility.
The system, which comprises an integrated hardware, software and network architecture solution, will provide operational efficiencies to the utility, while engaging consumers to fully understand their natural gas consumption and related conservation opportunities.
“Our AMI solutions and extensive experience with large scale deployments make Aclara uniquely qualified to support SoCalGas in its efforts to improve operational efficiency and customer service, while proactively educating consumers on the benefits of reducing energy consumption,” commented Vic Richey, chairman and chief executive officer.
The project is expected to begin in 2012, with SoCalGas building out the AMI network infrastructure and installing the meter data management software. Then in 2013, significant ramp up is anticipated with the installation of the AMI metering devices.