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Itron Inc. and ClipperCreek have announced that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), provider of electricity to 9 million people across seven Southeastern states, will install revenue-grade electric vehicle (EV)-charging stations in collaboration with selected distributors in its territory.

Installation of the charging stations is scheduled to begin in mid-2013. The solution includes ClipperCreek charging stations embedded with Itron sensor technologies, such as revenue-grade metrology, cellular communications and a ZigBee communication module.

With these charging stations, TVA can charge utility service vehicles while accurately measuring energy used, according to the companies. In addition, TVA can retrieve interval data collected at the charging station through a ZigBee smart meter interface.

“The ability to provide revenue-grade metering, along with demand response and load control, allows utilities to provide superior service and features to their customers while reducing costs,” says Jason France, ClipperCreek CEO. “Combining our charge stations with Itron’s metering and communications technology gives utilities a choice of communications options along with the reassurance of Itron’s industry-leading metrology.”



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