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Eléctrica de Guayaquil Completes Smart Metering Implementation in Latin America
Itron solution deployed to reduce losses and improve grid efficiency
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — December 20, 2011 — Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that Eléctrica de Guayaquil, a state-owned electric utility in Guayaquil, Ecuador, completed the installation of Latin America’s first meter-to-cash smart metering system, which utilizes Itron’s technology. The communication system is actively collecting meter data and feeding Itron’s meter data management (MDM) system installed by the utility through a robust, two-way wireless communications network.  
 
With Itron’s smart grid solution installed, Eléctrica de Guayaquil can reduce and control both technical and non-technical energy losses using more precise tamper proof meters with accurate measurement and sensing capabilities for Guayaquil’s many commercial and industrial customers. The solution also improves operational processes and efficiency.
 
“With a complete smart grid system inclusive of a network and meter data management system now in place, we can realize the full potential of its benefits, including system efficiency and loss management,” said Diego Sánchez - Commercial Manager. “Itron has been a great and reliable partner throughout the process, quickly and seamlessly installing the overall solution with the utmost professionalism.”
 
The solution also enables Eléctrica de Guayaquil to take advantage of future capabilities and applications, including theft analytics. The system, which leverages the same proven technology platform being implemented at scale in smart grid deployments in North America, can be expanded in the future to realize the full potential of the smart grid.
 
“The deployment in Guayaquil is a great example of Itron’s ability to tailor and deliver global technologies to meet local requirements,” said Mark deVere-White, senior vice president of Itron Energy Group in North America and Latin America. “Itron’s smart metering solutions are very well suited and can be readily deployed by utilities in Latin America to address their specific business objectives.”
 
About Itron:
Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. We provide comprehensive solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology; communications systems; software; as well as managed and consulting services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries, Itron applies knowledge and technology to better manage energy and water resources. Together, we can create a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.
About Eléctrica de Guayaquil:
Eléctrica de Guayaquil is one of the Ecuadorian’s largest electric utilities; serving a population of nearly 3.4 millions in the city of Guayaquil, the largest and most populous in the country. EdG efficiently distributes electric energy to almost 630,000 end users, thanks to its 1,400 dedicated employees.
For additional information, contact:
Sharelynn Moore
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs
(509) 891-3524
sharelynn.moore@itron.com
Barbara Doyle
Vice President, Investor Relations
(509) 891 3443
barbara.doyle@itron.com