Columbia Power and Water Systems picks Elster for smart grid deployment

Raleigh, N.C., July 15, 2010 – Elster announced today that Columbia Power and Water Systems, a Columbia, Tennessee based electricity, water and broadband utility, has selected Elster for its multi-utility smart grid project.

CPWS will deploy Elster’s EnergyAxis smart grid solution to create an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system that will improve customer service, meter reading and outage management.

CPWS selected EnergyAxis from four potential smart grid vendors. Following this selection, Elster completed a 60-day system acceptance test, which involved analysis of its EnergyAxis software and meters at 600 electricity and water locations.

The Elster AMI deployment is the first phase of the CPWS smart grid initiative, scheduled to be rolled out over the next five years.

CPWS will deploy about 25,000 Elster smart electricity meters and 25,000 smart water meters. EnergyAxis will enable CPWS to enhance its delivery of electricity and water services by increasing meter accuracy, providing additional load data for engineering analysis, reducing water loss, improving responsiveness for restoring unplanned outages and adding customer service offerings such as demand response.


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