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Itron Inc. has announced that Electrica de Guayaquil, a state-owned electric utility in Guayaquil, Ecuador, has contracted with Itron to add 7,700 smart meters to the Itron smart grid network that was deployed in 2011.

According to Itron, the expanded project will continue to help the utility identify and control non-technical losses and provide reliable service to more customers. The project is expected to be completed within the next 90 days.

In 2011, the two partners deployed Latin America's first meter-to-cash smart metering system, Itron adds. Over the course of the year, the utility has been able to accurately measure and manage its commercial and industrial (C&I) customers’ electricity usage and is now extending its program to include additional C&I and residential customers.




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