Itron appoints new Users' Advisory Board Members

Itron announces newest members of the 2006 Itron Users' Advisory Board. The board is responsible for planning and setting the agenda for the yearly Itron Users' Conference, one of the most important industry events sponsored by Itron for its customers. The event will be held Oct. 15-17 in Palm Springs, CA...

SPOKANE, WA, Feb. 23, 2006 -- Itron Inc. announced today the addition of eight new members to the 2006 Itron Users' Advisory Board. The board is responsible for planning and setting the agenda for the yearly Itron Users' Conference, one of the most important industry events sponsored by Itron for its customers.

The 19 board members represent all aspects of the energy and water industries, including cooperatives, municipalities, investor-owned utilities, independent system operators and commercial and industrial energy users. Board members plan workshops and recruit speakers for the more than 160 work sessions geared for mid- and high-level representatives from utilities around the world.

The new board members include:
• Pat Dunn, Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, Baltimore, MD
• Bev Brown, Xcel Energy, Denver, CO
• Howard Choy, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA
• Jerry Kea, PG&E, San Francisco, CA
• Brian Ketcheson, Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, MB
• Michael Paulsen, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sacramento, CA
• Jim (Cork) Smith, ESB, Wilton, Cork, Ireland
• Bob Stolarski, Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue, WA

The new members join 11 veteran Itron Users' Advisory Board members, including John Gasstrom (2006 chairperson) with Georgia Systems Operations Corporation, Ron Bishop, Tampa Electric Company, Lynnette Cervone, Southwest Gas Corp, Michael Hogan, Philadelphia Water Department, Jayme Hobe, Salt River Project, Dan OConnor, ISO New England, Michael Purtell, NYSEG and RG&E, Philip Spaulding, Xcel Energy, Patrick Vinton, ERCOT Inc, Art Lomeli, City of Peoriz and Brian White, Snohomish Co. PUD.

The 24th annual Itron Users' Conference will be held Oct. 15-17 in Palm Springs, CA.

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. Itron creates value for its clients by providing industry-leading 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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