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Comverge, Itron Collaboration Further Advances the Smart Grid

June 24, 2009

Apollo/OpenWay Integration Enables Two-Way, Real-Time Communication Between Utility and Customer

EAST HANOVER, N.J. and LIBERTY LAKE, Wash., June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Comverge Inc. (Nasdaq: COMV) and Itron (Nasdaq: ITRI) today announced the successful integration of Comverge’s Web-based demand management platform, Apollo(TM), and OpenWay(R), the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution from Itron, enabling interactive, two-way communication between the utility and its customer, a significant step toward the smart grid.

This integration will enable utilities investing in AMI to expand energy efficiency and demand response programs. Leveraging the OpenWay infrastructure, Apollo allows utilities to communicate with energy management devices to perform demand response events and send and receive price and rate signals. The integration will aid in reducing strain on the electric grid during times of peak demand and help customers manage their energy costs.

“This development is another realization in the promise of our Apollo platform and is a significant step toward the smart grid vision of the future,” said Comverge Chief Technology Officer, Bud Vos. “The Apollo/OpenWay collaboration will facilitate a utility’s adoption of AMI by providing a secure, real-time communication between utility and customer. The combination of these smart grid technologies enables a true two-way dialogue that will engage the consumer and utility and provide them with the necessary tools to use energy more efficiently.”

The Comverge/Itron integration operates with the ZigBee(R) Smart Energy Profile within the home area network (HAN), allowing for seamless communication between utility and any in-home device in real-time, without the need for a broadband connection.

“This is yet another milestone in our ongoing partnership with Comverge,” said Philip Mezey, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Itron North America. “Integration of our smart grid solution with the Apollo platform puts Itron and Comverge at the forefront of the AMI market, enabling a sophisticated solution for utilities that are seeking fiscally and environmentally responsible ways for customers to respond to peak demand periods.”

About Comverge

Comverge, with over 3000 megawatts of clean energy capacity under management, is a leading provider of clean energy solutions that improve grid reliability and supply electric capacity on a more cost-effective basis than conventional alternatives by reducing base load and peak load energy consumption. For more information, visit www.comverge.com. Apollo is a trademark of Comverge, Inc.

About Itron

Itron Inc. is a leading technology provider to the global energy and water industries. Our company is the world’s leading provider of intelligent metering, data collection and utility software solutions, with nearly 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on our technology to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Our products include electricity, gas, water and heat meters, data collection and communication systems, including automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); meter data management and related software applications; as well as project management, installation, and consulting services. To know more, start here: www.itron.com.

About ZigBee

ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance promotes world-wide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer electronics, energy, health care, home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.zigbee.org.

For Comverge Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward looking statements include deployment of the Apollo system by utilities, integration of the Apollo system with other technologies, including future technologies, implementation and operation of the software, expectations about reducing strain on the electric grid, and certain assumptions upon which such forward-looking statements are based. The forward-looking statements in this release are not, and do not constitute historical facts, do not constitute guarantees of future performance and involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with Comverge’s business involving our products, the development and distribution of our products and related services, regulatory changes, grid operator rule changes, economic and competitive factors, our key strategic relationships, and other risks more fully described in our most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K. Comverge assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

    For Additional Information
    Kristin Mastrandrea
    Communications Manager
    Comverge, Inc.
    973-947-6169
    kmastrandrea@comverge.com

    For Itron
    Kim Papich
    Itron Communications and Marketing
    509-891-3590
    kpapich@itron.com

SOURCE Comverge, Inc.


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