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Itron to modernize metering system for SCG

Iain Morris
May 6, 2014
 
Smart-meter specialist Itron has won a contract to modernize and manage the metering system of the Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG).

Under the deal, SCG (Orange, CT, USA) will make use of Itron’s (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) TOTAL solution for running, managing and maintaining its gas meter reading system over a 20-year period.

The agreement builds on an existing relationship between the two companies and is intended to help SCG improve customer service and streamline business operations.

SCG is a natural gas provider to customers in a total of 22 Connecticut communities.

Combined with the use of data analytics, the advanced metering infrastructure should give SCG more insight into the operation of its assets and the option of offering more services to customers, says Itron.

“Itron has been a great partner to SCG for many years,” said Robert Allessio, the president and chief executive of SCG. “Our relationship combined with Itron’s broad portfolio of proven, reliable AMI technologies, sensors and controls made Itron the logical choice.”

“We look forward to taking our system to the next level with AMI and analytic capabilities, which will help us gain more value from our assets,” he added.

Itron says it will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the entire system, including 220,000 Itron gas communication modules and associated fixed network infrastructure.

Work is expected to start in mid-2014 and be completed by the end of 2015.

Itron will also manage all aspects of SCG’s data collection system and operations, freeing up SCG staff to focus on other activities.

“Our expanding relationship with SCG is a testament to Itron’s commitment to our customers and their success,” said Carl Porter, the vice president of sales, marketing and delivery for Gas North America at Itron. “We’ve extended value beyond the meter for many of our customers by allowing them to save money and resources with an end-to-end managed service solution.”

“We are pleased to help SCG achieve its business objectives and provide the greatest service and convenience to its customers,” he added.
 
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