The government of Ontario in Canada plans to have a smart meter in every home and business by 2010, in an effort to encourage energy conservation. Itron Inc. has won a contract with Wasaga Distribution Inc. to provide the utility with its fixed network AMR technology and CENTRON® solid-state electricity meters.

This is one of the first fixed network installations in the province. The utility is deploying 576 CENTRON meters and two collectors to gather meter data information, as well as repeaters to optimise fixed network coverage, in a trial project to prove that the technology meets the requirements of the Ontario Electricity Board.