Canadian utility adopts new advanced metering technology

Manitoba Hydro, a Canadian utility providing energy to 500,000 electricity and 250,000 gas customers, will be the first utility in North America to deploy OpenWay™, an advanced metering and communication technology being developed by Itron.

The project begins in September 2006. It includes 5,000 OpenWay CENTRON® electricity meters, and will expand to include 1,000 natural gas meters early in 2007. It also includes Itron Enterprise Edition meter data management software and related applications. Manitoba Hydro will assess the performance of the OpenWay network architecture, as well as validate the business case for advanced metering, and a possible deployment of the technology on a broader scale in the future.