Minnesota Power expands deployment of Hunt Technologies AMR system

PEQUOT LAKES, Minn., May 23, 2005 — Minnesota Power, an investor-owned utility based in Duluth, MN, is expanding its deployment of the TS1 Turtle® System, a power line carrier-based automatic meter reading (AMR) system from Hunt Technologies.

Minnesota Power recently deployed TS1 endpoints on more than 84,000 meters in its service territory in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. The new deployment will include 44,000 endpoints in the city of Duluth and is scheduled to be completed by next March.

Important factors in Minnesota Power’s selection of the Turtle System is its proactive outage detection, flexibility with meter platforms, the ability to retrofit current meters, and the ability to deploy the system without shutting down a substation.

According to Sue Thompson, manager of customer service for Minnesota Power, another consideration was the fact that the colleges and universities in the city of Duluth produce a high turnover in the Minnesota Power’s customer population each year.

“In addition to the all the benefits of daily AMR data, we’ll see improved efficiency from being able to perform virtual connects and disconnects for our student population,” Thompson said.

Hunt Technologies offers a variety of AMR solutions – including power line carrier, multi-utility and radio frequency – that provide the fast return on investment for urban, suburban and rural deployments. “The TS1 system is competitive with drive-by systems for urban deployments,” said Jack Daniels, north central regional sales manager. “But unlike drive-by, the TS1 system provides daily data and continuous outage detection.”

About Hunt Technologies, Inc. [ www.turtletech.com ]

Hunt Technologies uses innovative technology to deliver industry-leading automatic meter reading (AMR) solutions to the electric, water and gas utilities market. Based in central Minnesota, Hunt develops and supports hardware and software for more than 450 customers worldwide.

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