Itron taps California Energy Commission veteran to lead renewable energy business

Simons will co-lead the renewable energy consulting business within Itron's Consulting and Analysis group in San Diego, Calif., and Vancouver, Wash. Simons comes to Itron from the California Energy Commission (CEC), where he spent 23 years and most recently directed and managed the renewables program element of the CEC's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program...

Aug 10th, 2005

SPOKANE, WA, Aug. 9, 2005 -- Itron Inc., a leading technology provider to the global energy and water industries, announced today that George Simons will co-lead the renewable energy consulting business within Itron's Consulting and Analysis group located in San Diego, Calif. and Vancouver, Wash.

Simons comes to Itron from the California Energy Commission (CEC), where he spent 23 years and most recently directed and managed the renewables program element of the CEC's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. Following the implementation of the deregulated power market in California, Simons was selected to participate on an interagency team of biomass technical and policy experts whose goals were to develop an integrated set of solutions for a broad base of biomass resource development in California.

Prior to his involvement with the PIER and Biomass programs, Simons was program manager for the Energy Commission's Energy Technologies Advancement Program, where he was focused primarily on the implementation of electric generation and end-use research and development projects advancing the state-of-the-art in small- and large-scale electricity generation, including emissions control technologies using natural gas and/or various forms of renewable energy/fuels.

"There is a great opportunity for Itron to work with utilities looking to develop a strategic and value-added approach in implementing a portfolio of renewable energy options, rather than having to respond to governmental mandates," said Mark de Vere White, Vice-president for Itron's Consulting & Managed Services. "George Simons brings more than 25 years of experience in this field and will be a great asset to help utilities and energy agencies extract the most value for the electric system ratepayers from renewable energy sources, while minimizing the implementation costs."

Renewable energy resources include solar-thermal and photovoltaic, wind power, geothermal, municipal solid wastes, biomass/biogas, and small hydroelectric. Some states are currently enacting legislation requiring a certain amount of renewable and ultra-clean energy be added to the electric utility grid; in other states, using renewable energy remains voluntary.

Simon's initial responsibilities at Itron include project manager of the statewide program evaluation for the California Self-Generation Incentive Program, a contract that is managed by SCE for the four major California investor-owned utilities. He will also play a key role in tracking energy research and policy initiatives and business development opportunities in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

Itron's Consulting & Analysis Group, part of Itron Software Solutions, has the analytical resources to design, support and evaluate renewable energy programs, often assisting in technical studies, policy analyses, environmental assessments, cost-effectiveness analyses, on-site verification and monitoring and system performance modeling. The consulting unit also evaluates energy efficiency and load control programs for utilities and governmental energy agencies.

Itron (www.itron.com) is a leading technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. Nearly 3,000 utilities worldwide rely on Itron's award-winning technology to provide the knowledge they require to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. The company provides solutions for electricity metering; meter data collection; energy information management; demand response; load forecasting, analysis and consulting services; distribution system design and optimization; web-based workforce automation; and enterprise and residential energy management.

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