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National Grid is using a smart grid solution from technology and services company Itron Inc. to help enable consumer engagement programs as part of the next phase of the utility's Smart Energy Solutions Program in Worcester, Mass.

The utility, Itron notes, has completed the installation of Itron's OpenWay smart grid platform, which features an IPv6 network powered by Cisco. National Grid utilizes Itron Services to manage and maintain the network.

In the new phase of the smart grid project, National Grid is using Itron's smart grid solution to provide two-way communication at customer meters to deliver detailed energy consumption information at regular intervals.

According to Itron, the solution will enable outage identification and demand response capabilities that will help reduce customer energy costs and minimize the impact of power interruptions. The technology, the company adds, will identify which customers are affected during storms or emergency conditions.

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