The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), Oregon's largest public utility, selected R. W. Beck to provide consulting services in support of EWEB's AMI and meter data management initiative. R. W. Beck will help EWEB develop a thorough cost-benefit analysis to establish an AMI business case, and identify, capture and quantify a range of benefits AMI technology will provide both to EWEB operations and its customers.

Following the business case development, R. W. Beck will help the EWEB team develop and specify technology and system requirements necessary to deliver the desired benefits, and support EWEB in the procurement of AMI technology.

"AMI technology will help improve the quality and reliability of our service to customers," says Randy L. Berggren, EWEB general manager. "It will also enable EWEB to provide information to help customers control their energy and water costs and to support conservation in our community. We look to R. W. Beck to help us evaluate the benefits, costs and business considerations, and put our options into perspective so we can successfully implement a system that delivers long-term benefits to EWEB and our customers."

Steve Brodsky, Senior Director at R. W. Beck, says: "Making a strong business case for implementing an AMI system requires an informed, insightful cost-benefit analysis. We look forward to partnering with EWEB to help them deliver improved water and electric service performance for years to come."

EWEB provides electric services to 88,000 residences, businesses and other municipal customers, and water services to 51,000 similar customers in Eugene, Oregon.