Lynda Ziegler,
Senior VP,
Customer Service,
SCE 
Rosemead, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 21, 2007 - Southern California Edison (SCE) is to deploy Itron’s OpenWay™ meter and communications system as part of its Edison SmartConnect metering program.

OpenWay is a standards-based, open architecture smart metering solution that features two-way wireless communication, and is aimed at meeting a broad set of customer energy management requirements, such as real-time energy communication to thermostats, information displays and energy smart appliances using ZigBee technology.

“This agreement marks an important milestone in the advancement of Edison SmartConnect,” said Lynda Ziegler, SCE’s senior vice president of customer service. "OpenWay's flexibility and advanced technology is a terrific example of how companies are rising to the challenge to enable consumers to make more sophisticated energy choices."

Under the Edison SmartConnect program, SCE plans to automate 5.3 million meters from 2009 through 2012.

“We look forward to being a part of SCE’s plans,” commented LeRoy Nosbaum, Itron chairman and CEO.