Itron, a provider of smart metering solutions for utility industries, has been selected to provide managed services to Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation (Central Hudson), a transmission and distribution energy company and subsidiary of Fortis.
Central Hudson serves approximately 300,000 electric and 79,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley.
The utility will utilize Itron’s managed services offering, Itron Total Outcomes, with Itron’s cellular solution to support the energy company’s “CenHub Insights+” program, which aims to empower Central Hudson customers to make informed decisions about their energy usage.
The program is a part of the Reforming the Energy Vision, a regulatory initiative launched by the State of New York Public Service Commission as part of New York Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive energy strategy.
With Itron Total Outcomes, the company’s experts will run, manage and maintain Itron’s OpenWay 4G LTE metering solution for Central Hudson, simplifying the deployment of the technology while lowering the total cost of ownership for the energy company.
Itron will collect, manage and deliver detailed energy usage information to customers participating in the CenHub Insights+ program for presentment within CenHub MyAccount, a secure web portal.
The detailed information will help increase customers’ awareness of their energy usage encouraging them to be more energy efficient and save money.
By utilizing Itron Total Outcomes, Central Hudson can easily and cost-effectively add new customers to the program thanks to the “drop-in” flexibility of Itron’s 4G LTE smart metering solution for strategic deployments and opt-in customer programs.