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Itron Inc. and Tantalus have announced that they have been selected for an initial deployment of smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for South American utility Guyana Power and Light (GP&L).

This project will be a part of the Sustainable Operations of the Energy Sector and Improve Quality of Service (GY-L1037) program, which is financed by the government of Guyana through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank and GP&L. The National Procurement and Tender Administration Board of Guyana, through competitive bidding, selected Tantalus and Itron to supply electricity meters and complementing communications infrastructure.

Guyana's deployment is the first international joint project between Tantalus and Itron since the two companies announced an alliance in late 2011. The strategic alliance combines Itron’s SENTINEL and CENTRON electricity meters, as well as its electric, gas and water ERT modules, with Tantalus’ comprehensive communications network, TUNet, the Tantalus Utility Network, to reach public power utilities in North and South America.

According to the companies, uniting the capabilities of TUNet with Itron’s electricity meters has allowed the partners to offer a joint solution that accommodates smart metering, demand response and distribution automation for international markets such as Guyana.

“We’ve been strategic in our expansion into international markets that recognize the full range of possibilities that can be achieved from robust two-way communications networks and smart metering,” says Tantalus CEO Eric Murray. “Guyana Light and Power is leading the way in smart grid technology by building a network that anticipates the needs of tomorrow’s grid.”




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