Portland General Electric (PGE), headquartered in Portland, OR, is one of the utilities in the United States that hold a higher percentage of renewable energy consumers according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) annual report in 2009 [1, 2]. The project which started in 2009, aimed to install meters communicating via a wireless network identical to the cellular phone network, to provide for a 2-way communication between PGE and its residential and commercial consumers [1, 3, 4, 5]. PGE selected the Sensus' FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure solution.
PGE planned to complete the smart meter installation for about 850,000 consumers in Oregon by September 2010 [1, 2]. 825,00 0 smart meters were installed as stated in a report . The capital cost of the project was expected to be $130-135 million , which increased to $140-145 million according to . AMI was purchased from Sensus Metering. Residential and smaller business customer meters were to be installed by Wellington Energy .