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FirstEnergy has signed a contract with technology and services company Itron Inc. in which Itron will deploy its OpenWay smart grid solution across four FirstEnergy Pennsylvania-based utilities: Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, Pennsylvania Power and West Penn Power.

According to Itron, FirstEnergy will install more than 2 million Itron smart meters over the next several years, meeting all the functional and business requirements outlined in Act 129 passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in 2008 to increase energy efficiency in the state.

The company adds that it will also implement back-office data collection software, including Itron's meter data management, collection engine and reporting software, and Cisco's Connected Grid Network Management System.

The contract signing, Itron notes, follows approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

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