CenterPoint Energy Inc.’s natural gas distribution business will complete installation of Itron Inc.’s advanced metering technology across the utility’s six-state service territory by the end of 2015.
Communication modules to nearly 1.3 million gas meters have already been installed in parts of the company’s service territory in Minnesota, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas. Upon project completion, 3.3 million communication modules will be installed in these states as well as Arkansas and Mississippi.
The Itron solution includes communication modules that attach to CenterPoint Energy’s customers’ existing natural gas meters, allowing meter readings to be collected once a month by a mobile meter reading device mounted to CenterPoint Energy vehicles.
This technology eliminates the need to enter yards to obtain monthly readings and improves the productivity of the utility’s meter readers by allowing a single employee in a vehicle to read up to 10,000 meters per day.