Clay Electric Cooperative signs contract for new AMR system

Flora, IL, September 27, 2001 – Distribution Control Systems, Inc. (DCSI) and Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc., announced today the approval and signing of a contract for full-system deployment of the TWACS multifunctional Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system. Deliveries on this order will begin in January 2002, with plans to have the project completed later next Summer. Clay Electric will join a growing list of Illinois electric cooperative customers.

Clay Electric serves approximately 3,100 members within a 1,000 square mile area in central Illinois. The cooperative began investigating AMR last year as a way to help reduce labor costs associated with meter reading. Alan Wattles, Clay Electric Cooperative General Manager, evaluated several potential solutions, and selected TWACS by DCSI after learning about its functionalities and contacting some existing TWACS customers.

“Initially, we began exploring AMR as a way to reduce labor costs associated with reading our meters in a rural environment, but we were impressed with the additional functionalities and benefits of the system.

“We have plans to use TWACS as a way to get a better handle on line loss by using hourly interval data profiling, a means to check on phase balancing and loading, monitoring line voltage, and obtaining outage information and mapping. Additionally, the speed of the system will be a big factor in allowing us to improve customer service and reduce service calls associated with meter reading, especially in outage situations.”

With the onset of deregulation TWACS will enable Clay Electric to better match their system’s billing reads with their energy supplier’s billing reads, and profile their usage, providing the necessary information for buying power at peak times.

Clay Electric Cooperative is headquartered in the town of Flora, Illinois, serving all of their members within the County of Clay, Illinois.

DCSI, a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc., is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and has manufactured and marketed the highly successful and field-proven TWACS two-way power line communication technology for over 20 years. TWACS cost-effectively provides unique capabilities ideally suited for AMR, Load Control, Interval Data, TOU/Real-Time Pricing, Line-Voltage Monitoring, Outage/Restoration Data, Disconnect/Connect, and Tamper/Theft Detection using open architecture interfaces.

TWACS uses the existing power lines for data transmission, and since it modulates the waveform at the zero crossing point, it uses the utility’s network at the frequency for which it was designed. For more information visit

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