Itron Collaborates with Roanoke Gas to Modernize Distribution

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Posted: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 9:22 pm | Updated: 2:11 pm, Wed May 10, 2017.

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced that Roanoke Gas Company, provider of natural gas to customers in the greater Roanoke, Va., area and a subsidiary of parent company RGC Resources, Inc., is collaborating with Itron to modernize its gas distribution system. Roanoke Gas will utilize Itron to operate more efficiently and improve service to its customers.

With the solution, Roanoke Gas Company will gain greater visibility into its system and reduce costs, improve reliability and ensure overall system integrity, using detailed meter data. The solution allows the utility to gather meter reads remotely via mobile data collection, which eliminates estimated billing and the need for field workers to enter the customer premise. This improves safety, customer privacy and convenience. The utility will use Itron’s cloud-based Field Collection System to collect meter data and provide it to meter data management and customer billing applications.

"As we continue to modernize our gas distribution system, we found that Itron’s smart gas solution perfectly met Roanoke Gas Company’s needs for automation today, while paving the way for future operational and safety enhancing applications," said Jim Shockley, vice president of operations at Roanoke Gas Company. "We look forward to using the solution to improve service to our customers as we deliver clean, reliable natural gas."

"Itron provides Roanoke Gas Company with the ultimate flexibility to automate its gas distribution system now and then easily upgrade the system to enable smart gas applications when the need arises," said Tony Spiritoso, Itron vice president of sales for Gas in North America. "Itron’s smart gas solution is built upon decades of data collection experience, helping utilities streamline their meter reading processes and gain better insights into usage. It will provide Roanoke Gas Company with a solid foundation to better manage natural gas resources."

SOURCE: Itron Inc.

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