Phoenix, AZ and Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 20, 2010 - Salt River Project is to double its deployment of Elster’s EnergyAxis® advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), utilizing its Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) award.

Since 2003, SRP has deployed approximately 500,000 Elster REX residential and ALPHA commercial and industrial smart meters. The company estimates that to date, the EnergyAxis solution has enabled it 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.
With the installations, the company also has seen a 20 percent increase in voluntary TOU rate program participation, as consumers gain access to TOU data via the SRP web portal or email notifications.

SRP is now in the process of ordering an additional 500,000 EnergyAxis smart meters for delivery over the next three years, at a rate of approximately 14,000 smart meters per month. This will bring SRP’s total number of EnergyAxis endpoints to approximately one million while also maintaining the company’s position as a smart meter leader in the utility field. SRP will use Elster’s EnergyICT meter data management system to process the information from these endpoints.

“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.

SRP, the largest provider of electricity to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and the third-largest public power utility in the nation, was one of the first companies to implement the EnergyAxis solution.