Chinese and Glendale officials at the City Hall complex on Tuesday, May 9.

Chinese and Glendale officials at the City Hall complex on Tuesday, May 9. (City of Glendale / May 9, 2012)

A delegation from a Chinese utility that serves more than 230 million customers visited Glendale on Tuesday to learn more about the city's smart grid.

Representatives for the China Southern Power Grid Co. were particularly interested in learning how Glendale Water & Power simultaneously installed electric and water smart meters, which provide consumption data in near real-time to the customer and utility.

Glendale Water & Power General Manager described the visit in a statement released Tuesday as "quite an honor," especially given the size of the Chinese utility, which operates power networks in Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hainan province, according to the city.

The delegation plans to visit other utilities in Southern California that have installed smart meters before returning to China, city officials said.

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

Twitter: @JasonBretWells