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Itron and Utilidata help utilities modernise grids

Steve Rogerson
March 28, 2018
 
Rhode Island-based software company Utilidata is partnering energy company Itron to deliver technology that will help electric utilities modernise the electric grid, improve efficiency and deliver cost savings.
 
Through this collaboration, Utilidata's AdaptiVolt voltage optimisation capabilities will be available as a distributed intelligence application residing on meters and other devices within Washington-based Itron's OpenWay Riva IoT product.
 
"Utilidata is taking advantage of the distributed intelligence capabilities of the OpenWay Riva platform to bring even greater connectivity, intelligence and control to utilities and their customers," said Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president at Itron. "We're excited about this new app for OpenWay Riva because real-time energy delivery optimisation through intelligent voltage control is exactly the sort of value-add, edge computing application that OpenWay Riva was created to empower."
 
AdaptiVolt uses real-time information from distribution grid assets to optimise the delivery of electric power and reduce energy usage. The integration with OpenWay Riva will enable the technology to take advantage of additional data from advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and Itron Analytics, unlocking energy savings and increasing grid efficiency from the substation to end-user.
 
The application should improve performance and drive energy efficiency cost savings for more utilities at a lower cost and complexity. Utilities can use the distributed intelligence application to optimise grid performance and reliability, meet energy efficiency goals, integrate distributed energy resources, and save energy.
 
In addition, Itron’s customers will be able to use AdaptiVolt to enhance energy efficiency performance and visibility for grid operators using meter data from their Itron AMI products.
 
"Itron is uniquely positioned to enable utilities to derive even greater value from a volt-VAR optimisation [VVO] deployment, given the company's innovative approach to grid connectivity," said Josh Brumberger, Utilidata's chief executive officer. "Through this collaboration, we look forward to delivering utilities the immediate benefits of a faster, easier and more efficient VVO deployment. We also look forward to developing additional distributed intelligence applications for OpenWay Riva. We are excited to be part of Itron's commitment to using data analytics, new communications capabilities and computing power at the distribution edge."
 
Utilidata is an energy software company backed by venture capital firms. The company is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. Itron has thousands of employees supporting nearly 8000 customers in more than 100 countries. It is based in Liberty Lake, Washington.