TXU signs deal for 400,000 BPL meters


Jim GreerDallas, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 27, 2006 – TXU Electric Delivery, the regulated transmission and distribution business subsidiary of TXU Corp., announced this week that it has signed an agreement with Landis+Gyr to purchase 400,000 meters with Broadband over Power Line (BPL) capabilities in 2007.  Landis+Gyr is a manufacturer of advanced meters.
“Our contract with Landis+Gyr is a major step forward in TXU Electric Delivery’s drive to develop the nation’s first automated, smart electric grid,” said Jim Greer, Vice President, Asset Management, TXU Electric Delivery. “TXU Electric Delivery is following through on its strategy of implementing innovative technology to improve reliability, safety and customer satisfaction, as well as provide a platform for new energy management and billing options for consumers.”

TXU Electric Delivery plans to have three million automated meters by 2011, complementing an advanced grid intelligent enough to monitor electric service real-time. By year end the utility expects to have 370,000 automated meters system-wide, including 10,000 BPL-enabled meters.

CURRENT Communications Group, through its subsidiary CURRENT Technologies, will provide BPL-enabled communications technology for the Landis+Gyr meters. The network will use BPL-enabled meters and other meter technologies in order to increase network reliability and power quality, prevent, detect and restore customer outages more effectively and implement system-wide automated meter reading.