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Mon., July 12, 2010, 2:44 p.m.

The millionth Itron smart meter draws a big crowd in Southern California

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. - (Business Wire) Southern California Edison (SCE), an Edison International company, today installed its one millionth smart meter at the home of a customer in Redondo Beach. SCE started installation of smart metersLiberty Lake-based Itron Inc. said this week that they've just helped install their millionth OpenWay smart meter at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.

What is striking is that the media folks at Itron went out and even found who the lucky customer is.

And it is .... drumroll ... an unidentified customer who lives in Redondo Beach. Several dignitaries were on hand to commemorate the event, including U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), 36th Congressional District; Theodore F. Craver Jr., president, chairman and CEO of Edison International; Lynda Ziegler, senior vice president of customer service for SCE; and Malcolm Unsworth, president and CEO of Itron. The photo above, with two dignitaries and an unindentified technician, came by way of Earthtimes.com.

Does it seem odd that we get the full list of the honchos who showed up, but not the name of the customer? (We have a feeling he or he is not running for office.)

Now you will want to ask, what is an OpenWay meter? One way to think of it is, it's like an HTC Droid Incredible or iPhone 3GS meter compared with your grandma's cell phone. The OpenWay is Itron's answer for utilities needing lots of ways to deliver data down the grid to the homes and businesses and customers, and to eventually allow demand-response control of a customer's energy use.

Installation of the one millionth meter took place July 12. Southern California Edison''s crews began installing the first bunch of OpenWay meters in September 2009, and installations will continue
through 2012.
 




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