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[January 25, 2013]
GP&L selects Itron and Tantalus for initial deployment of smart meters
Jan 25, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Itron Inc., a technology company that helps utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water, and Tantalus, a provider of Smart Grid communications, have been selected for an initial deployment of smart meters and AMI infrastructure for South American utility, Guyana Power and Light, or 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.
"As part of a competitive process, we found that the Tantalus/Itron partnership offered us the best overall package that provided us with a reliable, future-proof, cost-effective path to smart metering and other applications," said Kumar Sharma, divisional director for Guyana Power and Light. "We look forward to getting this project underway as we continue to increase the efficiency and functionality of our electricity grid over the coming years." The strategic alliance combines Itron's SENTINEL and CENTRON electricity meters as well as its electric, gas and water ERT modules with Tantalus' communications network, TUNet, the Tantalus Utility Network, to reach public power utilities in North and South America.
"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," said 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." "Itron's highly adaptable technology is designed to help utilities around the world reliably manage energy and water. We're pleased our proven measurement devices and Tantalus' network will provide the foundation for Guyana Power and Light's smart metering and grid modernization project," said Lou Gust, Itron's vice president of Sales and Marketing electricity in North America.
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