Corporacion Nacional de Electricidad (CNEL) Selects Elster's Smart Grid Solution

— Deployment will include more than 15,000 endpoints and 900 LVAGI Nodes —

Aug 20, 2012, 07:00 ET from Elster

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster (NYSE: ELT), announced today that Corporacion Nacional de Electricidad (CNEL), the single largest energy corporation in Ecuador with more than 1.2 million end customers, has selected Elster to provide its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment.

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CNEL will deploy Elster's EnergyAxis® solution to create a hosted AMI system that will improve customer service and meter reading for its residents.  The utility services approximately 30 percent of the country's customer base.  The EnergyAxis system will help CNEL protect revenue, reduce non-technical losses and improve operations.

The initial phase of the EnergyAxis deployment will include more than 15,000 endpoints and more than 900 Low Voltage (LV) AGInodes™ to monitor distribution transformers in Manta, Puerto Viejo and Machala, three cities located within Manabi and El Oro, two of CNEL's regional distribution companies. The installation will eventually include other CNEL regional distribution companies, which include: Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Milagro, Guayas-Los Rios, Los Rios, Bolivar, Santo Domingo and Sucumbios.

The EnergyAxis LV AGInode power measurement sensors use an open-core current sensor that easily connects to and disconnects from a distribution transformer. As a result, the LV AGInode monitors voltage as well as derives power quality measurement (PQM) quantities. Elster's integrated metrology accurately digitizes these measurements and, using its integrated 900 MHz radio, transmits the data to an A3 ALPHA gatekeeper on the EnergyAxis network. This enables utilities to provide accurate and reliable results and increase cost efficiencies.

"Elster's EnergyAxis provides a comprehensive solution to help us better manage and monitor our energy use, benefitting our customers and our business," said Tito Torres Sarmiento, general manager, CNEL. "We look forward to expanding our AMI system to all of our regional distribution companies in the future."

"The CNEL EnergyAxis deployment demonstrates the growing trend of advanced infrastructure in Ecuador and exemplifies the Latin American market as leaders in the adoption of AMI and Smart Grid solutions," said Ed Myszka, president, Elster Solutions.

"We are pleased to expand our presence in this important market.  In addition to an AMI deployment in Electrica de Guayaquil, Elster's EnergyAxis now has more than 35,000 endpoints in Ecuador," Myszka added.

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Elster (NYSE: ELT) 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 Smart Grid 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.

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