PartnershipsSpokane, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 19, 2006 – Itron Inc., a technology provider to the global energy and water industries, and Comverge, Inc., a provider of clean energy solutions, have formed a strategic partnership to provide the demand response and load control components to Itron’s OpenWay™ advanced metering infrastructure platform.

The agreement establishes Comverge as the principal provider of demand response technology for use with the OpenWay AMI solution. The OpenWay development utilizes Itron’s open architecture communications network to enable price responsive rate schedules, load shed verification and messaging such as price signals for the residential segment of a utility’s customer base. The devices will communicate via the ZigBee™ wireless in-home communications standard.

OpenWay has been developed by Itron and its partners to meet a significantly broader set of advanced metering, communication and control technology requirements by utilities. It offers full two-way communication to each meter, robust interval data collection, mass market demand response capability, a communication pathway into the home via the ZigBee, and extensive functionality to support smart grid requirements.