US diversified energy company FirstEnergy has appointed consultancy Accenture to help with the rollout of nearly 2 million smart meters, one of the largest new advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments in North America.

FirstEnergy will install the smart meters to customers across its four Pennsylvania-based utilities, including Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power, following approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Under a multi-year contract, Accenture Smart Grid Services will help the energy company manage its AMI programme with services including business process design, vendor management, solution architecture and testing and smart metering network operations.

John Dargie, vice president energy efficiency at FirstEnergy, said: “After a rigorous selection process, we chose Accenture due to its extensive experience in smart metering deployments and we look forward to leveraging this experience to help us de-risk the implementation and allow us to meet our timeline.”

FirstEnergy is one of the US’s largest investor-owned electric systems comprising 10 distribution companies across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.

Top Stories:
Tender news: Kenya Power extends search for smart meter supplier
US utility regulator says smart meters not harmful to health
US deal watch: First Energy and Accenture to roll out 2 million meters