Tucson, AZ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 28, 2008 - Tucson Electric Power (TEP), which serves nearly 400,000 customers in Southern Arizona, is to deploy Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE) Meter Data Management (MDM) to support its advanced metering initiatives by centralizing the management of its meter data and enhancing its billing and other critical business processes.

IEE MDM supports TEP’s gradual deployment of Itron’s advanced metering solutions, including over 100,000 Centron® meters and the ChoiceConnect Fixed Network.

“We have been working to develop a long-term strategic approach that allows for gradual deployment of different new metering technologies and software applications, utilizing our existing installed advanced metering equipment and gradually phasing in new, more advanced tools and capabilities,” said Jim Taylor, engineering superintendent of metering for TEP.

Additionally, in conjunction with the Arizona Corporation Commission, the MDM will be used to support programs that could be used to shift energy demand to off-peak hours, thus deferring the cost of new generation. The software allows TEP to expand the number of commercial and industrial (C&I) customers who could use time-based rates. It also will help TEP enhance its time-of-use offerings for residential customers in early 2009.