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Texas-New Mexico Power Co. (TNMP) has already deployed more than 100,000 Itron cellular smart meters in its Texas service territory. As part of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program, the utility plans to have a total of 240,000 units installed by the end of 2016.

According to Itron, the AMI system boosts operational efficiency and offers a home area network communications gateway for demand response and in-home displays, allowing utility customers to see their energy usage in 15-minute intervals.

"Itron's AMI solution is ideally suited to address TNMP’s business objectives with ease of deployment across a diverse service territory,” says Mark de Vere White, president of Itron’s electricity business line, in a statement.

According to TNMP President Neal Walker, “The technology has truly delivered.”

Utility Partners of America (UPA), the company tasked with installing the smart meters, says the process has gone smoothly and safely thus far.

TNMP's smart meter project manager, Bobby Roberts, notes that the utility carefully chose its project partner.

“The safe and cost-effective deployment of smart meters is an integral part of Texas’ plan to modernize its electric grid,” Roberts says in a statement. “We selected UPA to carry out our installations because of its safety record and the quality of its technician training programs.”



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