Raymond E. Gogel,
VP of customer
and enterprise
solutions and chief
administrative officer,
Xcel Energy 
ATLANTA, GA. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 11, 2007 – West and Midwest electric and natural gas company Xcel Energy is to expand its wireless fixed network metering to over 710,000 new, solid state electricity and natural gas customer meters across four states.

Intelligent communication and automation solutions provider Cellnet Technology, Inc. has announced that it is increasing its Minnesota area UtiliNet® network into Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. At the rollout’s conclusion, Xcel Energy will have deployed advanced metering infrastructure to more than 2.1 million electricity and natural gas customers throughout these service areas.

“As an early adopter of Cellnet advanced metering solutions in our Minnesota service territory, Xcel Energy has documented a proven range of benefits in customer and network operations from this technology,” said Raymond E. Gogel, Xcel Energy’s vice president of customer and enterprise solutions and chief administrative officer.

Mike Zito, Cellnet president and CEO, said: “We are excited that Xcel Energy has chosen to expand its Cellnet managed service program, and we anticipate continued growth in the Cellnet-Xcel Energy relationship in years to come.”   

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has regulated operations in eight states providing products and services to 3.3 million electric and 1.8 million natural gas customers.