In the US, the Memphis City Council has awarded global metering company Elster Solutions a contract for the supply and installation of one million smart meters as part of phase two of an AMI project by the Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) division.
Under the terms of the US$240 million deal, Elster will supply MLGW with smart meters from January 2016 through to 2020.
The contract builds on an initial order worth US$10.2 million for 60,000 smart meters deployed to the utility’s gas, water and electric metering points.
According to a local publication, The Commercial Appeal, MLGW is aiming to install 200,000 units per year and save more than US$40 million per year in operating and maintenance costs.
Commenting on the development, MLGW CEO Jerry Collins said the smart meters have helped reduce customers’ average monthly bills by 2-4%.
Elster in smart metering market
The selection of Elster increases the company's footprint in the smart metering market in the US as well as on a global scale.
In August, Elster partnered with supplier of real-time monetisation software, Redknee Solutions, on an end-to-end prepayment solution.
The partnership will allow Elster to offer a combined prepayment metering solution targeted at Asian, European and South American markets.
Alongside Elster's existing smart grid software that gives utilities a single way to collect, process, store and manage smart grid data, the Redknee Connected Suite rates and bills data from smart meters and home energy management systems in real-time.
And in July, Canadian city of Saskatoon ordered an advanced metering infrastructure system from Elster Solutions to automate meter data collection.
The order follows a smart meter deal for 30,000 digital end points supplied by Elster to replace analogue meters that the City deployed between 2009 and 2015.
The city utility said that a further 30,000 additional electricity meters and 70,000 water modules, plus software, and communications hardware will complete the project.
The initial deployment of the project's infrastructure will begin this year, with city employees beginning to train for the new system in 2015.
The full smart meter rollout is expected to last through 2017.
Water communication modules will continue up to 2020.