As the more than 1,000 attendees flooded into the Hyatt Regency (formerly Peabody) Orlando on Sunday, Itron Utility Week started to take shape. Utilities from all over North America, and even some select international guests, showed just how diverse the group is. Investor owned, municipal, co-op; electricity, gas, water, thermal and combo—everyone excited to exchange hands and network with industry peers.

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Newcomers had a special First Timer’s Reception with the Itron Utility Week Advisory Board and Itron’s executive management team. It was a unique opportunity to ask IUW veterans questions and learn how to maximize the value of the event. Attendees played bingo to search out and meet industry peers.

Newcomers hailed from countries such as Mexico, Ghana, Columbia, the UK, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil and Australia.

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An opening networking reception followed. Friends and colleagues from past years reconnected, while new friendships were forged. The sentiment was upbeat, the conversations lively, the food and drinks tasty.

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