Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced that GridWise Alliance (GWA) Chair, Gil C. Quiniones has appointed Itron CEO Tom Deitrich to join the GWA’s new Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council (GIAC), which was announced today. The 29-member GIAC supports the Alliance’s call to modernize the U.S. electric power transmission and distribution systems. GIAC and GWA will work with the Biden Administration to address areas where grid modernization benefits the economy and community. The Alliance’s support includes at least $50 billion in U.S. federal spending toward grid modernization.
The council includes leaders from the electric utility industry, environmental groups, labor unions and other interested parties in the public and private sectors. Each member of GIAC brings a diverse background and shares a common goal to address the critical need for electric grid investments. Deitrich joins the GIAC with more than 20 years of experience in global operations and will play a key role on the council in forming a voice on the need for U.S. grid investments.
“I’m honored to be among the distinguished group of industry leaders on the Grid Infrastructure Advisory Council. The important work we will do together is vital to the future of our nation’s critical infrastructure,” said Deitrich. “From the rise of renewables and impacts to grid management to navigating increasingly connected, smarter cities and addressing aging infrastructure, utilities and cities are facing tremendous challenges. Now, more than ever, we need to invest in the grid to ensure our energy future.”
“Member companies like Itron are critical to the Alliance as we shine a spotlight on the electric grid for Congress and the Administration to see how investments in transmission and distribution networks will support a resilient and reliable grid, create good paying jobs and equitable access to affordable electricity,” said Karen Wayland, GridWise Alliance CEO.
Itron has been a member of the GWA since its founding in 2003. The GWA represents the broad and diverse stakeholders that design, build and operate the electric grid. Since 2003, the GWA has been at the forefront of educating key industry stakeholders on the critical need to modernize our nation's electricity system. For more information about the GridWise Alliance, visit: www.gridwise.org.
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