Itron Delves Into Demand Response With $100M Comverge Acquisition

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Smart grid and AMI technology firm Itron said Monday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Comverge by purchasing its parent company, Peak Holding Corp., in a cash transaction valued at approximately $100 million.

The acquisition combines Itron’s gas, water, electricity and smart cities solutions with Comverge’s demand response solutions, expanding the scope of smart grid offerings for the industry, said Itron.

Comverge is a provider of integrated cloud-based demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement solutions that enable electric utilities to ensure grid reliability, lower energy costs, meet regulatory demands and enhance the customer experience.

Through its combination of software, hardware and services, Comverge helps utilities optimize every aspect of a demand management program, from participant recruitment and device installation to call center support, control events, and measurement and verification. Comverge has enrolled and deployed nearly 3 million energy management devices into mass market demand management programs

“The acquisition of Comverge enables Itron to offer a unique solution set that brings Comverge’s demand management solutions to the edge of the network using OpenWay Riva’s edge intelligence and processing capabilities,” said Philip Mezey, Itron’s president and chief executive officer.

“This will enable utilities to better integrate distributed energy resources and optimize grid performance and reliability. With this acquisition, we are delivering even more value for our customers on top of industry-leading AMI and smart grid solutions enabling a robust, active grid,” said Philip Mezey, Itron’s president and chief executive officer.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.