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ATLANTA GAS LIGHT INSTALLS 2 MILLIONTH ITRON ERT MODULE

 SPOKANE, Wash., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta Gas Light Co. (NYSE: ATG) has received the 2 millionth ERT(R) (Encoder, Receiver, Transmitter) module, an automatic meter reading device used in Itron's Off-site Meter Reading (OMR), Mobile AMR and fixed network AMR systems.
 "This milestone represents a collective vote of confidence in Itron's approach to automatic meter reading," says Itron President and CEO Johnny Humphreys. "The fact that two million ERT modules are now in use or being deployed by major utilities all across North America is a truly significant achievement. It demonstrates that the practical, deployable, radio-based technologies of the ERT module have become recognized as an industry standard in AMR."
 Atlanta Gas Light, which serves approximately 1.2 million gas customers in Georgia and Tennessee, first began installing ERT modules on gas meters in 1987. To date, the utility has installed more than 350,000 of the devices. An Itron Mobile AMR system remotely reads these meters. Plans call for installation of a total of 1 million ERT modules by 2001.
 "We are very happy with the performance of the ERT module," says Tom Benson, senior vice president, operations and engineering, Atlanta Gas Light Co. "It has validated our philosophy that the way to improve meter reading efficiency and customer service is by introducing new technology. The radio-based ERT module provides an ideal way to remotely read meters in the densely populated areas of metropolitan Atlanta. Another important factor for us has been the support we have received. A long-term commitment to the product has been demonstrated through the continuous improvements we have seen in ERT technology."
 Mobile AMR uses 900 MHz radio to remotely interrogate ERT-equipped electric, gas or water meters. The ERT module is an encoder, receiver and transmitter in one secure solid-state unit. It encodes and stores consumption and meter tamper detection information. After receiving a radio frequency walk-up signal, it transmits this data back to the vehicle-based DataCommand(R) Unit (DCU).
 Mobile AMR can read as many as 24,000 meters in one eight-hour day and is designed to read meters within specific geographic areas. The ERT module works equally well with Itron's Off-site Meter Reading (OMR) system, which is designed to read individual hard-to-access meters with a radio interfaced handheld computer, and the Genesis fixed network AMR system.
 In addition to Atlanta Gas Light, the following utilities are using, piloting or planning to install ERT modules:
 Using ERT modules: Minnegasco, Boston Gas, Commonwealth Gas, Yankee Gas Services Company, Brooklyn Union Gas, Washington Gas Light, Wisconsin Gas, Gaz Metropolitan, Philadelphia Gas Works, The Peoples Gas & Light Coke Co.
 Piloting ERT modules: Northern States Power Company, Consolidated Edison, Southern California Gas, Philadelphia Electric, Sierra Pacific Power, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Illinois Power Co., Long Island Lighting Company, The Washington Water Power Company, Western Resources, Inc.
 Planning to deploy ERT modules: Boston Edison, Northeast Utilities, Louisville Gas and Electric Company, New England Power, Hydro Quebec, Alabama Gas, Georgia Power Company, Dayton Power & Light, Cincinnati Gas & Electric.
 Itron is a full-service supplier of portable and networked data collection systems. The company's meter reading, field service and distribution automation systems are installed at approximately 1,000 utilities worldwide. Founded in 1977, the company currently employs approximately 600 people and is headquartered in Spokane, Wash. Itron has manufacturing facilities in Spokane and Waseca, Minn., as well as subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France and Australia.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Maurer, marketing - communications manager of Itron, Inc., 509-924-9900 ext. 364/
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