Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Western Power picks Itron to connect meters

Steve Rogerson
August 21, 2019



Australian utility Western Power has selected Washington-based Itron to connect nearly 240,000 meters to modernise electricity delivery.
 
The government owned utility in the south west of Western Australia will deploy Itron’s standards-based network technology, connecting the electricity meters to improve efficiency, reliability and customer service.
 
Western Power wants to enhance visibility into the operation of its electricity distribution network, which will enable automated data collection, new remote services and the ability to monitor faults and outages proactively. The technology will also enable Western Power to manage distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar systems and battery storage.
 
“Western Power is committed to delivering on the changing energy needs of our customers,” said Jacqui Hall, Western Power’s acting chief financial officer. “With Itron’s IoT network as the foundation, we will be better placed to deploy advanced meters on our grid, to improve safety performance, reliability and operating efficiency. Advanced metering infrastructure is also one of the keys that will help unlock energy options and innovations for our customers such as renewables, community batteries and microgrids.”
 
Itron enables utilities and cities to deliver critical infrastructure services safely, securely and reliably to communities in more than 100 countries. Its portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps its customers manage electricity, gas and water resources.
 
“Our proven solution complies with Australia’s regulatory standards and is designed to cost effectively improve operational efficiency for the utility’s central metropolitan area and major regional towns,” said Paul Nelsen, vice president of sales for Apac at Itron. “With Itron’s multi-application network and smart devices, Western Power will be able to realise its energy efficiency and customer service goals today while preparing for the future.”