Austin, TX and Marshfield, MI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 30, 2010 - Elster has announced its involvement in two smart meter projects at Austin Energy and Webster Electric Cooperative.

The company has completed shipment of 32,000 A3 commercial and industrial (C&I) meters to Austin Energy as part of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment.

The company is also going to supply its EnergyAxis® AMI smart grid solution to Webster to replace its entire existing self-read electric meter base. The deployment of 18,500 EnergyAxis smart meters will be undertaken between July and December 2010, and will enable Webster to remotely read residential and commercial smart meters and to provide broad improvements to customer service and the ability to detect non-technical electricity losses quickly and efficiently, as well as to quickly implement demand response and distribution automation in the future.

“Our partnership with Elster brings us into an important next phase in our customer service and electric distribution capabilities,” said Tom Houston, general manager, Webster Electric Cooperative. “This deployment will substantially upgrade our billing infrastructure and customer service.”

Austin Energy is the nation’s ninth largest community-owned electric utility, serving 388,000 customers and a population of more than 900,000.

Webster Electric Cooperative is a locally owned and governed not-for-profit cooperative based in Marshfield, Missouri, serving over 15,000 member-owners in its seven county service territory.