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Itron Inc. has announced that CenterPoint Energy Inc.'s electric transmission and distribution subsidiary, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC, has completed the installation of more than 2.2 million Itron smart meters.

Itron says CenterPoint, which began its smart meter roll-out in March 2009, is now electronically reading all meters daily at a 99.5% accuracy rate. With remote disconnect/reconnect capabilities and automation of routine service transactions, CenterPoint has avoided more than 3.5 million truck rolls since August 2009, Itron adds.

Additionally, Houston-area consumers now have 15-minute interval access to their energy data from the Smart Meter Texas online Web portal and have wireless capabilities to install in-home energy management devices.

“Our smart meter deployment has been extremely successful. Not only have we had compliments from our customers and the Public Utility Commission of Texas, we’ve also had compliments from the Department of Energy,” says Kenny Mercado, division senior vice president of grid and market operations for CenterPoint Energy.


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