RALEIGH, N.C., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster today announced that the City of Georgetown, Texas has chosen EnergyAxis® for its system-wide, multi-utility meter replacement project. After a successful pilot, Georgetown will deploy Elster's EnergyAxis solution throughout its service territory and install 21,000 Elster water meters and 21,000 Elster electricity meters. The turnkey project is expected to be completed by May 2013.
In addition to providing Georgetown's new metering solution, Elster will also work with partners Hometown Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA), Texas Meter and Device and Wesco Distribution to develop a tailor-made solution for the City of Georgetown.
"The relationship between Elster and Hometown Connections really solidified our decision that this was the right deployment for Georgetown," said Glenn Dishong, utility director, Georgetown. "With improved metering services and communications solutions, we will be able to drive the savings we need while improving our customers' utility experience."
For the last 10 years, the City of Georgetown operated a one-way fixed network system. Now, with Elster's EnergyAxis, the City of Georgetown will have a comprehensive multi-utility metering and communications infrastructure capable of improving customer service through usage monitoring, which allows the customer to efficiently understand how much energy consumption is being used. Communication between the meters and the system software will enable the City of Georgetown to reduce operational costs and minimize outage management response time.
Elster's EnergyAxis will also provide consumers with more flexibility in managing electricity and water consumption. Increased visibility into energy and water usage will enable Georgetown residents to better monitor and manage utility consumption and costs.
"Our partnership with the City of Georgetown demonstrates how Elster partners with its customers to develop utility modernization solutions that are well-suited to Georgetown's service territory and its residents," said Joe Orlando, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Marketing, Elster Solutions.
"With industry-leading reliability and interoperability, Elster's EnergyAxis system and other grid modernization applications are fast becoming the solution of choice for multi-utility installations," Orlando said.
Elster is one of the world's largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers. Its offerings include distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services – key components for enabling consumer choice, operational efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by utilities in the traditional and emerging utility markets.
Elster has one of the most extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial, and transmission and distribution applications.