South Carolina

Manufacturing Facility Expansion

Headquartered in Washington State, Itron, Inc is a manufacturing and information integration company and a leading technology provider to energy and water industries throughout the world. One of its two US manufacturing facilities is located in Oconee County, West Union, South Carolina. The plant manufactures component circuit boards and AMI meters. This facility was recently expanded to accommodate increasing order for smart grid related components, and is expected to increase man hours and hire more workers to accommodate new orders as a direct result of DOE’s selections for Smart Grid Demo and Investment Grants. Expected deals include CenterPoint in Huston TX, Detroit Edison, Southern Edison, and San Diego—all very large projects supported by ARRA Smart Grid Investment Awards. The $5.2 million Recovery Act 48C Tax credit will help them re-equip their West Union, SC facility to help with an increase in demand for their OpenWay CENTRON. This meter is a fully interoperable, solid-state smart meter with a built-in, two-way communications path and integrated remote on/off switch. The CENTRON meter is the first advanced meter for the residential market providing open-standards architecture, modular design for communications flexibility, and extensive functionality to support smart grid infrastructure. The reequipping of the facility in this project will allow an annual production capacity of 4 million meters. Itron estimates that one year's production of the meters will be able to reduce electricity use by approximately 1.7 million MWh per year.

South Carolina's Numbers
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Number of jobs created or saved by the Recovery Act:


Recover Act funds made available to support jobs:

$4.7 billion

Recovery Act funds that have already been spent:

$2.8 billion

Number of working families receiving tax relief that can be put to use immediately:

1.7 million

Number of Recovery Act-backed small business loans :


Miles of highway improved across the state:


Number of clean energy projects :


Number of homes that will be weatherized :


Number of students getting Pell Grants to help pay college tuition:


Number of education jobs funded by the Recovery Act:



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