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FirstEnergy has selected Accenture, a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, to manage the rollout of approximately 2 million smart meters to customers across FirstEnergy's four Pennsylvania-based utilities: Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power.

The contract signing follows approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Accenture says that FirstEnergy will install more than 2 million 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.

Under a multi-year contract, Accenture reports that its Smart Grid Services division will advise FirstEnergy on managing its advanced metering infrastructure program by providing services for program management, business process design, change impact and communications, vendor management, solution architecture, testing, and smart metering network operations.

"Smart metering provides a critical and foundational capability as utilities undertake the journey towards a smarter, more resilient digital grid," comments Jack Azagury, global managing director for Accenture Smart Grid Services. "Our research has shown that utilities are successfully leveraging the data from smart metering solutions through advanced analytics to drive innovative customer propositions, improved reliability and reduced cost of operations."

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