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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Omaha Public Power District Selects Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE) for Meter Data Management

LIBERTY LAKE, WA - 24hoursnews.blogspot (News Release)

Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), announced today a contract with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) to purchase Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE) Meter Data Management solution for more than 310,000 electric meters. OPPD joins 22 other investor-owned and publicly-owned utilities that have deployed Itron's Meter Data Management solution.

Itron's meter data management software will work with Itron's ChoiceConnectTM AMR system, allowing OPPD to efficiently manage out-of-route and off-cycle reads in addition to collecting on-cycle billing reads through its Mobile AMR system. By collecting and storing out-of-route reads in a central database, OPPD will be able to avoid field orders to obtain off-cycle readings, further enhancing the value of their Mobile AMR System.

"Itron Enterprise Edition enables us to streamline field operations that require more frequent meter readings and leverage the value of this data across the enterprise. Our costs are lowered and our customers are better served," said Juli Comstock, manager of customer operations technology for OPPD.

IEE's open architecture allows utilities to deploy a single MDM tool to support all types of metering-based data-interval, register, and event data-collected from residential, as well as commercial and industrial customer segments. IEE has been designed to solve a key business challenge facing utilities by eliminating many of the inefficiencies and integration difficulties that arise from operating and maintaining multiple meter data collection systems.

Eric Miller, vice president for Itron Software Solutions, said OPPD's decision represents a sound strategic investment for the long term because the product supports multiple technologies and accommodates a wide range of data sources.

"OPPD's use of out-of-route reads is one of the best examples of using technology to optimize a utility business process," Miller said, "But IEE also provides OPPD with flexibility for future requirements such as supporting fixed-network or AMI metering deployments."

About Itron Inc.

Itron Inc. is a leading technology provider to the global energy and water industries. Itron Inc. consists of Itron in North America and Actaris outside of North America. Our company is the world's leading provider of metering, data collection and utility software solutions, with nearly 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on our technology to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Our products include electricity, gas and water meters; data collection and communication systems, including automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); meter data management and related software applications; project management, installation, and consulting services. To know more, start here:

About OPPD

The Omaha Public Power District is one of the largest publicly owned electric utilities in the United States, serving more than 310,000 customers in 13 southeast Nebraska counties. It was organized as a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska in 1946. Policies and rates are set by an eight-member Board of Directors elected by the people in the areas served. For more information about OPPD, please visit

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