Liberty Lake, Wash., September 28, 2012 – CenterPoint Energy’s electric transmission and distribution unit completed the installation of more than 2.2 million Itron smart meters.
Itron’s smart meters are part of CenterPoint Energy’s smart grid initiative, designed to give consumers more control over their energy consumption and in the future, support improvements in electric reliability and power restoration.
With Itron’s smart grid solution, CenterPoint Energy has seen an increase in operational efficiency by virtually eliminating manual meter reading and service order work saving time, fuel and money. For example, the company is now electronically reading all meters daily at a 99.5 percent accuracy rate.
With remote disconnect/reconnect capabilities and automation of routine service transactions, CNP has avoided more than 3.5 million truck rolls, or service visits by field service representatives, since August 2009. Earlier this summer, CenterPoint Energy performed 20,000 connect/disconnect service orders in a single day.
Additionally, Houston-area consumers now have 15-minute interval access to their energy data from the Smart Meter Texas online web portal and have wireless capabilities to install in-home energy management devices.
In addition to smart meters, CNP’s system of smart grid technologies also includes a future self- healing intelligent grid that will use smart meters, power line sensors, remote switches and other automated equipment to improve power reliability and restoration in central Houston. These technologies will come together to create a truly smart grid.