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Quick Take:  I wanted to highlight this press release about the next stage in National Grid's Worcester pilot because it highlights several trends that are taking root. For instance:

·      "Converged" or "multi-service" communications networks based on IPv6

·      Extensive consumer engagement based around saving energy and reducing bills

·      Smart meter data as a component of outage management

·      Time-of-use experiments

·      Managed services, whereby the vendor is responsible for managing and maintaining things

 

You can find these things individually at other utilities and from other vendors, but this provides a nice encapsulation of the current state-of-the-art.

– Jesse Berst

 

Itron Supports National Grid in Next Phase of Smart Grid Deployment

National Grid completes installation of Itron smart grid solution, powered by a Cisco IPv6 network, to enable consumer benefits and improve service reliability in Worcester

 

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — April 10, 2014 — Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that National Grid, a supplier of electricity to approximately 3.4 million customers in the Northeast, has entered the next phase of its smart grid project, completing installation of Itron’s OpenWay® smart grid platform for its Smart Energy Solutions Program in Worcester, Mass. The platform, which features an advanced IPv6 network powered by Cisco, enables National Grid to increase electric service reliability, improve response to power outages and empower customers to save energy. National Grid utilizes Itron Services to manage and maintain the network.

 

In this new phase of the smart grid project, National Grid is using Itron’s smart grid solution to enable consumer engagement programs that give the utility’s customers better insights into their energy use and costs. The nearly 15,000 participating customers in Worcester can learn how much energy they are using throughout the day, allowing them better information to make smarter choices about ways in which they can save energy. Later this year, National Grid will also offer customers time-based pricing plans to help customers achieve even more energy savings.