Phoenix, May 18, 2010 — Elster and the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District will use a Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant award to double deployment of the Elster EnergyAxis advanced metering infrastructure smart grid solution.
Since 2003, SRP has paved the way for smart meter technology among U.S. electric utilities, deploying about 500,000 Elster REX residential and ALPHA commercial and industrial smart meters and using the data provided by EnergyAxis to support customer service and cost and environmental savings.
SRP estimates that the EnergyAxis solution has enabled the Arizona utility to remotely address more than 748,000 customer orders, save more than 249,000 in labor hours, avoid more than 1.3 million driving miles and conserve 135,000 gallons of fuel.
EnergyAxis enables SRP customers to better monitor and manage their energy consumption based on pre-selected time-of-use rates. The utility has seen a 20 percent increase in voluntary TOU rate program participation with smart meter installations, as consumers gain access to TOU data via the SRP web portal or email notifications.
SRP is in the process of ordering an additional 500,000 EnergyAxis smart meters for delivery over the next three years, at a rate of about 14,000 smart meters per month. This will bring SRP’s total number of EnergyAxis endpoints to about one million. SRP will use Elster’s EnergyICT meter data management system to process the information from these endpoints.
In October 2009, the DOE awarded a matching grant to SRP under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s SGIG initiative.
“We chose Elster’s EnergyAxis solution in 2003 to deploy one of the nation’s largest smart grid implementations, and were quickly able to generate tremendous benefits for customers and reduce our overall operational expenses,” said Michael Lowe, SRP’s manager of Customer Services — Power.
“Over the years, Elster has impressed us with the breadth of its solution, and we are committed to EnergyAxis as a pillar of our smart grid strategy and success. We have a history of being a major provider of TOU rates and prepayment. Working with Elster, in 2006 we were the first utility in North America to roll-out remotely controlled 200A service switches to our consumer base. EnergyAxis provides the necessary smart grid technology to further support our award-winning customer service program and our dedication to power conservation, performance and reliability,” Lowe added.
EnergyAxis, a smart grid solution with more than 3.5 million endpoints deployed with utilities across North America, enables utilities to:
Elster is an electricity, gas and water measurement and control provider. Company 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.
Elster has deployed more than 200 million metering devices 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.
Elster was acquired by funds advised by CVC Capital Partners in September 2005.