ESCO to deploy AMI system for Sempra Energy unit

SoCalGas will deploy Aclara's integrated hardware, software and network architecture solution to about six million residential and most commercial natural gas customers throughout its service territory

St. Louis, June 2, 2011 — ESCO Technologies Inc. announced that Aclara has signed a contract with Southern California Gas Co., a Sempra Energy unit, to deploy its advanced metering infrastructure solution and utility data management software system-wide.

SoCalGas has announced its plans to deploy Aclara's integrated hardware, software and network architecture solution to about six million residential and most commercial natural gas customers throughout its service territory.

Consistent with Aclara's past and present AMI contracts, most equipment required by SoCalGas will be ordered through formal purchase orders released under the contract.

The AMI project was approved by the California Public Utility Commission in April 2010. The signed contract, which requires final approval, is expected to be submitted to the CPUC in the next few weeks.

When completed, SoCalGas' AMI deployment will represent North America's only fully integrated meter-to-consumer AMI system used by a natural gas-only utility. This system will provide operational efficiencies to the utility, while engaging consumers to fully understand their natural gas consumption and related conservation opportunities.

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