Xcel Energy, the fourth largest electricity and natural gas utility in the US, has placed an order for an additional 200,000-plus AMR endpoints with Itron Inc. Once the installation is complete Xcel Energy will be able to collect data automatically from over 2 million electricity and natural gas meters in its service territory, using Itron technology. The purchase of more than 50,000 of Itron’s solid-state electricity meters is included in the order.

Xcel Energy has recently teamed up with Itron and other technology providers, including IBM and Indus, in a new project called the Utility Innovations initiative. The project is designed to prove the value of new technologies in the areas of asset management, workflow management and customer service.