Global Technology Innovator Itron Joins Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Board

Research Triangle Region, N.C.  – Global technology innovator Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) has joined the board of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC), the initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy.

“Itron is a pioneer in technologies and partnerships that are changing the face of energy and water resource management globally,” said Lee Anne Nance, RTCC managing director and executive vice president of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, which created and manages the RTCC. “The company’s expertise and connections to cleantech innovators around the world will be a tremendous asset as we work to build our cluster, our global brand and a more sustainable future.”

Russ Vanos, Itron’s senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, said the company welcomes the opportunity to participate in and shape the work of a regional cluster that is already an established leader in cleantech innovation.

“We look forward to contributing in a meaningful way to the development of this sector as well as work more closely with the people and organizations that are making significant advances in clean, smart, sustainable technology,” Vanos said.

Research Triangle Cleantech ClusterItron joins 11 founding industry board members who fund and steer the work of the RTCC. The company already contributes to the region’s economy through its software development group located in Raleigh and its partnership with energy companies that operate in and serve the region.

Itron builds solutions across the spectrum of smart grid, smart water and smart sensing technologies, the building blocks on which smart cities are built and the sectors that form the core of the Research Triangle Region’s cleantech cluster. Itron employs thousands of people in more than 100 countries who support nearly 8,000 customers.

The company’s products include electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. Its technologies empower utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. It gives consumers tools and information to conserve and manage their energy usage and costs. It also offers complete network systems and analytics software to support the integration of renewable energy, such as solar and wind.

About Itron

Itron is a global technology company. It builds solutions that help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Its broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 utilities in more than 100 countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. For more information, visit www.itron.com.

About Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) formed and manages the RTCC with funding from industry board members ABB Inc., Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Itron Inc., Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens and its members. RTRP is the public-private partnership that leads economic development strategy for the area within a 60-mile radius of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.researchtrianglecleantech.org.

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Media Contacts:
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster: Lee Anne Nance, (919) 334-4075, lnance@researchtriangle.org
Itron: Angela Lockwood, (509) 891-3816, angela.lockwood@itron.com

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