Capped vs. Uncapped Degree Days

In energy modeling, we often utilize spline variables to capture the non-linear relationship between consumption and temperature. These variables typically take the form of Heating Degree Days (HDD) and Cooling Degree Days (CDD). In the simplest case, a CDD variable evaluates to a positive value when temperatures exceed a critical breakpoint, while it returns a 0 otherwise. Similarly, an HDD variable evaluates to a positive value when temperatures are less than a critical breakpoint, while it returns a 0 otherwise.

Where:
AvgDB = Average Drybulb Temperature
d = date

In this example, the critical break point is 65: temperatures above 65 return positive CDD values, while temperatures below 65 return positive HDD values. Of course, 65 degrees is not necessarily the point above which cooling starts and below which heating starts—this is for illustrative purposes and these points may differ based on geography and other factors.

To extend this idea, we create multiple CDD and HDD variables, each of which have different critical breakpoints. This allows the model to capture a different weather response at different temperatures. For example:

These are ‘open-ended’ or ‘non-capped’ degree days. CDD65 returns a positive value for all temperatures above 65. CDD75 returns a positive value for all temperatures above 75. Both CDD65 and CDD75 return positive values at temperatures above 75. The following table evaluates the two CDD variables at three different temperatures: below 65 degrees, between 65 and 75, and above 75.

By way of contrast, we can create ‘capped’ degree days, which include a ceiling on their value. The following two equations are alternate yet mathematically equivalent specifications:

These two equations evaluate as follows:

  1. At temperatures below 65, the equations return 0.
  2. At temperatures between 65 and 75, the equations return a value between 0 and 10.
  3. At temperatures above 75, the equations return 10.

To capture the effect of temperatures above 75, we will need another variable. The highest CDD variable must remain ‘open ended’ to capture all possible temperatures above the breakpoint. In other words, this variable is specified identically to the uncapped version.

The following table evaluates the two CDD variables at three different temperatures: below 65 degrees, between 65 and 75, and above 75.

In this simple example, the only difference between the values in Table 1and Table 2 is the value for the first CDD at 76 degrees. In the uncapped version, CDD65 evaluates to 11 and it evaluates to 10 in the uncapped version.

This raises the following question: does it matter if I use capped or non-capped degree days in my model?

To answer this question, we can evaluate two daily energy models. The models include a constant term, a trend, two CDD variables and two HDD variables:

The following figure presents the coefficients from each of the two models, with the non-capped degree days on the left and the capped degree days on the right. The first thing to observe is that the coefficients are the same for the constant term, the trend variable, CDD65 and HDD60. However, the action happens in the extreme degree-day variables.

In the uncapped model, the effect of the extreme degree days also incorporates the effects of the less extreme values. In this example, temperatures above 75 are incorporated in both the CDD65 and CDD75 variable, wherein the coefficient on CDD75 represents the marginal effect of those observations. That means the net effect of a temperature above 75 is the sum of the coefficient for CDD65 and CDD75. Similarly, the effects of the HDD50 also incorporates the effects of the HDD60.

In the uncapped model, the sum of the coefficients on CDD65 and CDD75 is 25,571.0, which is exactly equivalent to the coefficient on the CDD75 in the capped model. Similarly, the sum of the coefficients on the HDD60 and HD50 variables is 7,817.7, which is exactly equivalent to the coefficient on the HDD50 in the capped model.

There are a few observations:

  • The remainder of the coefficients are identical.
  • The model statistics are identical in the two specifications.
  • These results occur in monthly models as well.

There are times, particularly with monthly models, where the uncapped degree days—primarily the extreme values—will be statistically insignificant. This occurs because there is collinearity between the degree-day variables. If there is concern about the optics of including insignificant variables in the model (e.g. from management or regulatory oversight), the capped degree days provide a solution, as they will typically be highly significant. Rest assured however, the results will be identical.

The takeaway is that you can use whichever approach you prefer – with impunity.

Feel free to download the associated MetrixND file to play with on your own.

Be sure to check out our forecasting website for all your forecasting needs at www.itron.com/forecasting.


DistribuTECH Insights: Blockchain in Energy and Intelligent Streetlights

The last day of DistribuTECH 2019 last week prompted an engaging discussion about the impact of IoT and blockchain on current and future energy delivery models. With a rapidly evolving technology landscape, today’s utility industry is becoming increasingly complex on all fronts. As a result, we are starting to see an interrelationship between emerging grid architectures to support integration, IoT and network architectures that reinforce distributed computing in the grid, and blockchain 101 for energy systems.

During a breakout session on “The Impact of IoT and Blockchain on Current and Future Energy Delivery Models,” Jim Ogle, senior manager of network engineering at Avista Utilities, provided a utility’s perspective on how disruptive technologies like blockchain and smart contracts will play a role in evolving traditional utility business and service delivery models. The conversation kicked off around transformation and disruption in the industry. Ogle noted there is a confluence of influences coming together to really steer us in this new direction, and a core part of that is the realization and acceptance that we need to operate our businesses and consume our resources in a more sustainable manner.

“The environmental forces for us are a significant driver for looking to do things differently. If you look at decarbonization, the adoption of renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs), and the electrification of transportation, those things are all coming together to have us rethink how we provide energy to customers and how they want to consume that energy.”

Those influences are also driving new business models, creating new markets and new opportunities, and changing the way energy is delivered. The need for increased security is driving new advances for technologies like blockchain, which is accelerating the ability for us to recognize other drivers for change.

A common theme throughout DistribuTECH was how utilities are now thinking about products and services as more than just the generation, transport and metering of energy. They are taking a customer-centric view of how they move forward in the face of customers’ changing expectations.
The grid can provide more choices for how consumers are going to consume energy. In order to accomplish this, Ogle said there needs to be more awareness. He predicts there is ultimately going to be a tiered framework of coordination for DERs, asserting utilities need to have intelligence out there at the edge to offer local choices so that customers can have energy where they need it and how they want it.

With distributed intelligence, devices need to talk to each other, which relates back to IoT. The grid, IoT and distributed intelligence are all coming together to have a systematic effect on this new energy ecosystem, tying together these different technology forces and physical forces.

Ogle went on to discuss the importance of security and how blockchain will play a role. He described blockchain as a distributed, immutable ledger technology that enables shared trust and transparency. “In the old world of banking, you had a centralized bank you would grant trust to manage your account and they would create a ledger to keep track of debits and credits.” With blockchain, Ogle said you are distributing that ledger to all these different nodes that are participating on that chain. And through a combination of traditional cyber security, public key/private key transactions, you get ensured trust as these peer-to-peer transactions take place, and everyone has a ledger or record of those transactions. There is a variety of things that can fit this model in the energy industry as we start thinking about the distributed grid.

Ogle provided a use case example about Avista’s micro-transactive grid project where they have created a smart city pilot area in its university district in Spokane. Avista has many different DERs serving multiple buildings and customers. They have batteries, solar, building management systems and metering. In trying to optimize the use of DERs while also providing a grid-optimal solution, Avista believes better results can be achieved for all parties involved if they were coordinating together, rather than being independent and trying to optimize alone.

Part of Avista’s project is to start exploring peer-to-peer energy transactions where they would have a blockchain that is operating a node in the microgrid controller, a node in the building management system or a node on the AMI meters. “These nodes can start working on transacting energy out of smart contracts that say if this event occurs, I want to switch from consuming energy from this battery device over there. The direction is to implement this on the blockchain.”

We learned that transactive energy, basic authentication and authorization are all opportunities for blockchain use cases. Another example of using blockchain in a different way is to ensure the security of the data that is being exchanged between the configuration data and the edge devices on the grid.

This panel provided great insight into the projected impacts of disruptive technology trends and how they can be harnessed to ensure a pathway of innovation towards enabling our next-generation intelligent grids and distributed energy ecosystems.

In another session, we heard from Okechukwu Chika, principal project manager for grid modernization within ComEd’s Smart Grid & Technology Department. Chika led an engaging session on intelligent streetlights as the foundation for smart cities. He educated the crowd on ComEd’s pilot smart streetlight program. The six-year deployment, expected to be completed in 2023, covers the conversion of all 140,000 ComEd-owned “cobra-head” style streetlights to smart LED fixtures.

The smart functionality of each LED fixture head is seated with a smart node. ComEd has deployed smart nodes on its streetlights using Itron’s NIC (networks interface card) to communicate on the Itron network, which allows for real time on/off control of streetlights and dims lights to less than 100 percent power on a set schedule.

Chika said ComEd experienced many benefits from adding intelligence to their streetlights, one being improved response time to outages. Before, the utility was able to detect outages if a customer told them or if they drove by and saw that the light was out.

“We use Itron’s Streetlight Vision (SLV) software to control and monitor our smart streetlights. It produces streetlight outage tickets in real-time with precise streetlight locations, allowing us to respond faster and be more efficient with the crews we send out.”

Itron will connect and manage up to 140,000 municipal smart streetlights across ComEd’s service territory, leveraging Itron’s multi-application IPv6 networking platform that ComEd is using for a variety of smart grid applications. This initiative will accelerate municipal lighting modernization and smart city development in northern Illinois.

Stand by for more updates on ComEd’s smart streetlight program as it sets the new standard for streetlights and advances ComEd’s efforts to transform the electric system serving 70 percent of Illinois!


Itron Idea Labs at the Cleantech Open Global Forum

I recently represented Itron Idea Labs at the Cleantech Open Global Forum held in Los Angeles at LACI, the Itron-sponsored Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. With a decade-long track record, the Cleantech Open is the world’s largest accelerator of early-stage clean and renewable technology companies.

At this year’s event, 15 semi-finalists were selected from the 100 cleantech startups that participated in year-long accelerator programs operated by CTOs at eight North America regional accelerators and their international affiliates. In the end, Radical Plastics bested the other finalists — Sanos Nutrition, Sepion Technologies, Social Solar, South 8 Technologies and YouSolar — to win the $50,000 grand prize. Addressing the global environmental plastics pollution crisis, Radical Plastics has developed an exciting technology for the manufacture of cost-effective, ecologically-friendly, soil biodegradable plastics.

A runner-up, Sepion Technologies, has developed a promising platform membrane technology for lithium ion batteries that overcomes the shortcomings of conventional ceramic membrane technologies (scalability, power density and cost) thus enabling cost-effective electric vehicles (EVs) with a 400-mile range as well as grid-scale battery storage. Targeting transportation, grid storage and aerospace applications, South 8 Technologies has created an innovative Liquefied Gas Electrolyte chemistry for electrochemical energy storage (EES) devices including lithium batteries and electrochemical capacitors. Such EES solutions will be critical for the efficient and reliable storage of energy generated from renewable resources such as solar and wind. ESS also holds the promise of delivering the performance, reliability and efficiency essential to drive the growth of the EV and portable electronics industries.

Based on the creativity, passion and commitment demonstrated by these Cleantech Open startups, the future of both the cleantech industry and the utilities sector seems bright—and Itron Idea Labs is excited to be part of the conversation!


Leveraging a Waterfall Approach to Explain the Load Forecast

Our first brown bag seminar of the year is entitled “Leveraging a Waterfall Approach to Explain the Load Forecast”. This session introduces a methodology to develop the story which underlies the load forecast in a proactive manner. By isolating core driving factors and generating sequential forecasts, the forecaster can approximate the relative impact of each driver on the load forecast, thereby facilitating an insightful presentation of the results.

Be sure to join us on Tuesday, Feb. 19 as we explore this topic. To register for this Brown Bag and other forecasting events, go to http://www.itron.com/forecastingworkshops.

Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Each seminar lasts approximately one hour, allowing 45 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes for questions. Seminars start at noon Pacific-time. If you can’t attend a seminar or missed one, don’t worry! Your registration ensures that a link to the recording will be sent to you automatically approximately one week after the seminar date.


The Importance of Grid Reliability

While we enjoyed balmy weather at DistribuTECH 2019 in New Orleans this week, the recent polar vortex much of the country experienced last week increased the visibility into the importance of grid reliability and how outage detection can help quickly restore customers’ power and improve safety by keeping their homes warm during frigid temperatures.

On Jan. 9, Itron announced our new Outage Analysis service. Provided as a fully managed service, the new offering provides utilities with an outage detection and notification outcome through performance-based contracts that require no upfront expense or startup fees. Using the award-winning managed services solution that Itron installed for Otter Tail Power Company as a model for the solution, this new outcomes offering will give utilities increased outage visibility into select endpoints and the ability to view voltage and reliability data. As a result, utilities can leverage insights more efficiently to inform consumers of outages and deploy assets to improve outage management efficiency.

Itron’s Outage Analysis provides near real-time outage intelligence in a high-availability and scalable, fully managed service experience, running on the cloud-based Microsoft Azure platform. Outage Analysis provides a pathway for utilities that may not be ready or have the capital to implement a full OMS or AMI system, yet need to deliver improved reliability and cost-savings outcomes to their stakeholders.

Hopefully you were able to stop by booth #10115 to learn more about our Outage Analysis offering. If not, be sure to check us out on Itron.com.


Itron and Cisco: Connecting the Dots in Utility & City IIoT Strategies

Itron and Cisco have a long history of working together to revolutionize the utility industry and sharing a vision of what we can achieve together. Through the intelligent connectivity we deliver, we are helping utilities and cities be more resourceful, efficient and unlock new business opportunities. As the industrial IoT (IIoT) expands these opportunities even further, we’re working together with our customers to understand and face the new challenges that come along with it.

The global utility, smart city and industrial IoT (IIoT) network space is large and diverse, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all approach to connecting hundreds of millions of devices, neither in terms of last mile communication, nor at the networking layer. Similarly, though themes like improving efficiency and quality of life are common across smart utility and city strategies, each organization’s approach can vary greatly. The key to laying the right foundation is to consider a flexible solution with access to diverse standards-based network infrastructure options.

This is where we come in. Together, we deliver the active network. This means that rather than rely on segmented, single-purpose networks, we leverage the power of a proven multi-purpose network that is capable of supporting energy and water AMI, grid management, smart city solutions and more on a single, high-performing platform. We work closely with some of the most progressive utilities and cities in the world to deploy leading ruggedized field area networks.

The importance of standards and interoperability are also key to the successful adoption of IIoT in the smart utility and city space. Both Itron and Cisco hold leadership positions within the Wi-SUN Alliance, for which the realization of interoperable solutions and vendor choice for IIoT network consumers is the founding principal. We are focused on delivering the network communications transport architecture and design strategy that best fits your utility’s business case today, while remaining flexible enough to meet future needs.

Together, Itron and Cisco have deployed millions of intelligent devices, helping our customers achieve proven results, including:
- Detecting and preventing water leaks for greater resourcefulness
- Utilizing smart sensors and applications to detect and prevent gas leaks, making communities and utilities safer
- Preventing electricity outages with access to granular data at the edge of the grid
- Pinpointing and restoring outages for greater customer satisfaction

Built on the pillars of proven network architecture, maximized business outcomes and protected investments, we are committed to solving critical, emerging challenges for utilities and cities. Let us help you connect the dots in your smart utility and city strategies at DistribuTECH (Itron Booth #10115 & Cisco Booth #12142). For more customer results or to learn more about Itron and Cisco’s partnership, visit itron.com/cisco.


Shaping the Future of Energy: DistribuTECH Day 1 Recap

The Itron team kicked off DistribuTECH yesterday with a compelling welcoming address from Itron President and CEO Philip Mezey on shaping the future of energy. Mezey hit the stage energized as he discussed the industry’s drivers for change with tech as the foundation for increasing grid resiliency and reliability. He zeroed-in on how “the face of the grid as we know it is changing” as we move toward improving operational efficiency and addressing aging infrastructure to deliver more reliability and security.

Our CEO also discussed the integration of renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs) to meet the challenges of modernizing the grid. Mezey noted that Itron is now working with customers to analyze information being connected to build a more reliable grid. He explained how gathering information from a wide variety of devices permits us to build more successful utilities and allows us to connect with customers in new ways, all the while advancing more sustainable cities.

Presenting after Mezey was Paul Hinnenkamp, executive vice president and COO at Energy, followed by ComEd’s president and COO Terence Donnely. A major theme between all three opening keynote speakers on day one of #DTECH2019 was customer experience. How can we better meet evolving customer expectations and connect with them in a way that wasn’t possible before?

Mezey, Hinnenkamp and Donnely all agree that the time has come to shift to a customer-focused mentality, and grid modernization will help get us there by allowing for faster response times, enhanced outage and detection, and improved customer outcomes.

Donnely drew a clear line of sight between what Mezey articulated by sharing real-world examples of how Itron is working with ComEd to optimize efficiencies with a smart streetlight program that will reduce costs and improve service and outage detection for ComEd’s Chicago and northern Illinois customers.

Building on the customer experience theme was yesterday’s knowledge hub with Raj Vaswani, strategic advisor at Itron (co-founder of Silver Spring Networks), Jim Ogle, senior manager of network engineering at Avista, and Jay Olearain, product director-IoT solutions at Verizon Global Products & Services.

The discussion was centered around understanding IoT connectivity options and use cases for utilities, cities and critical infrastructure. We heard about the energy and city landscape evolution, shifting beyond meter to cash (M2C) and understanding utilities’ roles in the communication network. The shift in customer engagement was mentioned yet again, noting that because customers have a choice in network connectivity, putting the customer experience first is crucial.

When asked where utilities are seeing IIoT as part of their vision, Ogle said there’s a combination of factors needed to react to shifting changes, which include:

  • Environmental pressures such as focusing on renewables
  • Market pressures such as other providers entering the space as a result of distributed resources
  • Energy evolution with tech moving in the direction we need to go, bringing greater situational awareness

Ogle went on to explain that an IIoT use case that’s favored by utilities right now is the transformation from a centralized grid to a more distributed grid, noting, “we have generation out behind the meter, grid scale generation, and renewables all over the energy networking, which is creating a much more dynamic grid and opening up the possibilities of new business models—and with that comes new supporting applications.”

Vaswani’s perspective is that a decade’s worth of proven applications are giving the utility industry confidence to move forward and move faster. New technologies are allowing utilities to think about how they can expand their general infrastructure in a couple of different ways. One is through more things that provide direct business value for their own business, and the other is to potentially provide additional revenue streams. To do that, Vaswani says you cannot be hung up on a particular transport, you do need some flexibility around the mesh architecture, and it better be standards based. “Standards ignite markets and move things forward because people know that they are covered and safe.”

The question was asked how utilities and cities are coming together to develop a long-term network strategy. Ogle answered in saying that the changing landscape with this notion of standards and a more open model is one that requires more collaboration and brings a new approach to the problems utilities have been dealing with. Utilities can no longer build siloed systems that are independent of each other. We can expect to see much more collaborative partnerships to deliver on customer service with a drive to do it more efficiently.

The rich insights shared yesterday are a good indicator that the rest of DistribuTECH will be packed with engaging keynotes and knowledge hubs! But #DTECH2019 is just getting started – stay tuned for more updates! In the meantime, you can keep up with the #DTECH2019 conversation in real-time on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Also, be sure to stop by our booth #10115 to check out the Itron Experience and enter to win a pair of Apple® Airpods® with the hashtag #ImItronExperienced.


A Lot of Buzz Around Revenue Assurance at DistribuTECH 2019

Non-technical losses are a major concern for all utilities, and it never ceases to amaze me what some people will do to try to cheat a utility out of payment for services delivered. While at the Itron Revenue Assurance pod here at DistribuTECH 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana, I have had a number of interesting conversations with customers and attendees regarding this topic.

One that stood out to me was a ‘fixer’ that was duping people into thinking he could install a device on their meter that would make the whole house 50 percent more efficient. In some cases, people were paying as much $500 for this behind-the-meter ‘device’. When the utility caught up with this person, they were able to connect more than 90 cases of tampering to him. Another interesting story was that of a series of connected businesses that made a prolonged and concerted effort in reducing registered consumption over a period of 24 months with the intent of defeating any high-low alarms. They didn’t know about the power of peer-comparison analytics apparently – and now they are on the hook for close to $500,000 in back fees.

That’s why we are passionate about what we do. With over 30 utilities and more than 35 million endpoints utilizing Itron’s Revenue Assurance, it incorporates the best features of our Theft Detection application with the Revenue Assurance application to deliver over 100+ algorithms for gas and electric services, an easily tailored user interface, a complete set of workflow tools for managing all investigation and service order work, as well as seamless integration to back office systems. Taking mitigating actions quickly can enhance and protect revenues, alleviate safety concerns and demonstrate a positive customer focus.

I am interested to see what else I learn about this important topic over the next few days at DistribuTECH 2019!

Stop by booth 10115 to hear more about our Revenue Assurance offering and enter to win a pair of Apple® Airpods® with the hashtag #ImItronExperienced.

Also, be sure to tag and follow #DTECH2019 while you’re in New Orleans to keep up with all the latest DistribuTECH 2019 happenings.


The Itron Experience at DistribuTECH: The Journey Continues

Itron was created by utility executives and engineers who, back in the 1970s, were looking for a better way to collect meter data—one with improved accuracy and speed. This led to the development of the ruggedized handheld computer and transformed how utilities operate. And it started Itron on the path to innovations across the utility space:

  • We revolutionized large-scale residential AMR across handheld, mobile and network solutions—all delivering greater efficiency, accuracy and value.
  • We ushered in the era of AMI, giving utilities more insight into their data and better control than ever before with revenue cycle services, advanced billing and improved customer service.
  • Smart grid solutions for distribution automation, power quality, load control and DR, outage detection/notification/restoration—and more—followed and delivered, increasing value to our customers.

So what’s next? Smart, foundational technologies and networks allow us to push critical intelligence to the very point of service, providing an elastic and efficient infrastructure for analytics, leak detection, outage prevention, predictive maintenance and more. Advancements like distributed intelligence help utilities and smart communities deploy energy and water systems that are safe, secure, reliable and most of all, resilient. We believe this is the inevitable future of utility and city networks. And with the right network, we can create smart communities that fully leverage the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) through applications like:

  • Smart streetlights: Itron has connected more than 3 million of them, all around the world. We are leading the way to making communities safer and better connected.
  • Methane sensing: Con Edison is using smart natural gas detectors to communicate leaks from the customer home directly to their emergency department.
  • Prepaid metering: Prepayment solutions help utilities simplify operations, cut costs, reduce delinquent account risks and improve cash flow—and help consumers better manage and budget for energy use.

You can experience this all today. The ability to connect technology, software and services to people and data creates smarter, interactive communities that open the door to new revenue streams, increased operational efficiency, and can make communities safer, smarter and more livable.

Learn how at DistribuTECH 2019 in New Orleans by visiting the Itron Experience. This interactive demo showcases a variety of Itron solutions in real-world situations across urban, suburban and rural areas—highlighting the power of connected technology and the next step in our journey.

Stop by booth 10115 to get the full Itron Experience and enter to win a pair of Apple® Airpods® with the hashtag #ImItronExperienced. Also, be sure to tag and follow #DTECH2019 while you’re in New Orleans to keep up with all the latest DistribuTECH 2019 happenings.


Itron at DistribuTECH 2019

Itron will be showcasing its industry leading technology and smart city solutions next week as the premier sponsor of DistribuTECH 2019, the utility industry’s leading transmission and distribution conference and exhibition, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Join us in booth #10115 to learn more about our innovations in Industrial IoT networks, advanced metering, smart cities, revenue assurance and distribution automation. With our proven foundation of smart devices, multi-application networks and value-driven outcomes working together, today’s utilities and cities can provide a path forward for connected critical infrastructure, grid modernization and better service delivery and community engagement. In addition to our booth, hear from our customers in a series of speaking engagements throughout the event.

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For more on these featured sessions, visit www.itron.com/dtech.

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Connected technology is the catalyst for change in our industry. From networked streetlights and prepaid metering to transformer load management and methane sensing, come to our booth and see examples of Itron technology in action and learn how this technology can help you drive efficiencies and make communities safer. The Itron Experience features various Itron solutions in an urban, suburban and rural area, within the context of real-world use cases. Stop by our booth to get the full experience and enter to win a pair of Apple Airpods with the hashtag #ImItronExperienced!


The Recipe for Smart Cities: How Utilities are Paving the Way for Resourceful Communities

The digital transformation of the utility industry is proceeding apace, with many utilities extending beyond their traditional offerings and embracing innovative new services for the communities they serve. The momentum has continued with our recently announced expansions at Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and Tampa Electric (TECO).

So why exactly are utilities well-positioned to lead the way, and how do they do it?

First, it’s important to understand the alignment between utility and city modernization objectives. For cities, modernization means applying digital infrastructure to improve community services, reach sustainability goals, create economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life for citizens. Utilities have applied a similar approach in their efforts to increase visibility and control of their distribution assets, so there is a natural fit for utilities that are exploring new service offerings for cities.

Smart LED lighting is among the most popular smart city applications being deployed today. Beyond the energy savings of the LED streetlight, smart lighting offers a wide range of benefits, including enhanced safety, support for time-of-use pricing, increased customer satisfaction, and faster service restoration. Given these benefits, it should come as no surprise that utilities are among the leading adopters of smart street lighting.

As the market-leading provider of smart lighting solutions, according to a recent report by the Northeast Group, Itron has deployed multi-application industrial IoT networks in some of the largest metropolitan regions in North America, such as Chicago, Miami and New York City. For utilities considering a smart lighting initiative, taking the first step may seem like a daunting challenge, but Itron offers a proven platform and approach with a strong business case that delivers results.

While every utility will have differing strategic priorities, regulatory environments and operational challenges, having access to robust, reliable and secure connectivity is fundamental to enable new services, ranging from intelligent transportation and sustainability to safety and digital services. Our proven solution offers several distinct advantages for utilities that are evaluating a smart lighting initiative:

  • Flexible deployment: You can address your highest priority use cases, while laying the foundational infrastructure to support future applications more cost-effectively as business priorities evolve.
  • Intelligent Connectivity: We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all technology for critical infrastructure applications. Itron offers connectivity expertise that is second to none. We understand how to apply the right technology for the right use case. In fact, our mesh-connected streetlights can actually strengthen network performance.
  • Ease of Integration: Our IPv6 networks utilize widely adopted industry standards, such as Wi-SUN and TALQ, to enable an open ecosystem of interoperable solutions.
  • Maximizing ROI: Taking a platform approach allows utilities to leverage shared infrastructure and expertise to support advanced metering, distribution automation assets and streetlights. With the appropriate regulatory approvals, this common platform approach can help significantly reduce the cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining your system.
  • Guaranteed Performance: Our solutions are backed by service level agreements (SLAs) to guarantee the performance required to deliver on the business case and duration of the project, while minimizing investment risk for your utility.
  • Future-ready: Itron’s open ecosystem and developer program provide you with the flexibility you need to design, develop and deploy breakthrough solutions as your needs evolve.

We know that sometimes seeing such a platform live can make the difference, which is why we have a quick and easy way for you to deploy a trial version of our solution. In addition to lighting, we offer a wide range of pre-integrated solutions from our open ecosystem of partners, including gas leak detection, air quality management and many more.

Interested in learning more? Our expert solution architects can craft a plan to help you achieve your digital modernization objectives while maximizing value to your consumers. Contact us today to get started.

Visiting DistribuTECH 2019 in New Orleans? Stop by our booth #10115 to see our breakthrough technology in action and for a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods!


Itron Named Among World’s Most Sustainable Corporations

Corporate Knights, which includes the business and society magazine Corporate Knights and a research division that produces rankings based on corporate sustainability performance, named Itron in their 15th annual list of the world's 100 most sustainable corporations. After an in-depth analysis of over 7,500 companies, Corporate Knights found that sustainable corporate performance is closely related to better returns for investors and increased corporate longevity.

Companies are ranked on a variety of metrics, including carbon productivity, percentage of women on boards and sustainability measures. Accounting for 50 percent of each company’s score, the “clean revenue” metric measures the percentage of revenue that is earned from products or services with environmental or social benefits. Itron’s technology connects people, devices and insights to better manage energy and water resources all around the world.

The list represents companies from 21 countries and various industries, including information technology, finance, heath care, and food and beverage. Earning a place on the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations list confirms that Itron’s commitment to creating a more resourceful world is making a difference across the globe. For more on Itron’s sustainability efforts, take a look at our Corporate Sustainability Report.

To learn more, check out the Corporate Knights 2018 Global 100 Issue.


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