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Harris Utilities says public utility holding company Unitil Corp. has chosen to deploy its MeterSense meter data management (MDM) solution. Headquartered in Hampton, N.H., Unitil distributes electricity and natural gas to nearly 176,000 consumers in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

MeterSense will play a role in helping Unitil manage its wholesale settlement processes. Because Unitil works with 16 electricity and six gas suppliers across New England, Harris says the utility is challenged with tracking the quantities of electricity and gas used on its systems and ensuring that each consumer is charged correct fees for household usage and each supplier is paid accordingly. Harris says Unitil will configure MeterSense's rules engine to ensure the MDM solution manages this task automatically.

“In a deregulated market such as ours, customers can choose among many service providers,” says Jonathan Everett, Unitil’s vice president of information technology. “MeterSense will help us manage the suppliers effectively and streamline back-office activities.”

Unitil plans to go live on MeterSense in early 2015.

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