Full deployment of smart meter installations starting in Glendale, Calif.

Glendale, Calif., December 10, 2010 – Glendale Water and Power will start full installation of 120,000 electric and water smart meters on Thursday, December 9, 2010.

Installation of smart meters will allow for two-way communication with the utility, and in the near future provide customers with real time usage data to help them conserve energy and water. Glendale Water and Power has contracted with Utility Partners of America to install the meters.

“With this project, Glendale Water and Power has reached a milestone and is changing the way we look at and use our resources. This new technology is the first step to a smart grid and transitioning GWP into the utility of the future by keeping pace with the increases in consumer related technology. The meters will greatly improve our services, help us develop optimal rate structures, and help our customers conserve energy and water,” stated Glenn Steiger, GWP General Manager.

In April, GWP conducted a test installation of replacing about 1,000 electric and 500 water meters. After testing the meters, the communication and the data management systems, GWP is ready to fully deploy installation.

Customers will receive a letter and a postcard in the mail advising them of their upcoming installation. Customers will experience a brief interruption in power, and will most likely have to reset digital clocks and run their tap for about 10 seconds to get rid of air bubbles.

Glendale Water and Power was the first utility in the nation to execute a contract with the Department of Energy for an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Smart Grid grant in the amount of $20,000,000. The receipt of this grant provides a portion of the $70 million cost of the city-wide smart grid project.

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