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Itron helps Australian utility improve efficiency

The solution will also enable Western Power to better manage distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar systems and battery storage.

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Western Power, the government-owned utility in the south west of Western Australia, is deploying Itron’s standards-based network technology, connecting nearly 240,000 electricity meters to improve efficiency, reliability and customer service.

 

The Western Power Network forms the vast majority of the South West Interconnected Network (SWIN), which together with all of the electricity generators, comprises the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

 

Increased visibility

 

With Itron’s solution, Western Power will enhance visibility into the operation of its electricity distribution network, which will enable automated data collection, new remote services and the ability to proactively monitor faults and outages.

 

The solution will also enable Western Power to better manage distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar systems and battery storage. There are approximately 250,000 solar panel installations connected to the Western Power grid. The company is also running a number of microgrid and battery storage projects, including community ones.

 

“Western Power is committed to delivering on the changing energy needs of our customers,” said Jacqui Hall, Western Power’s acting chief financial officer.

"Advanced metering infrastructure is also one of the keys that will help unlock energy options and innovations for our customers such as renewables, community batteries and microgrids"

“With Itron’s IoT network as the foundation, we will be better placed to deploy advanced meters on our grid, to improve safety performance, reliability and operating efficiency. Advanced metering infrastructure is also one of the keys that will help unlock energy options and innovations for our customers such as renewables, community batteries and microgrids.”

 

“Our proven solution complies with Australia’s regulatory standards and is designed to cost-effectively improve operational efficiency for the utility’s central metropolitan area and major regional towns,” said Paul Nelsen, vice president of sales, APAC at Itron.

 

“With Itron’s multi-application network and smart devices, Western Power will be able to realise its energy efficiency and customer service goals today while preparing for the future.”

 

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