SRP, the third-largest public power utility in the United States, estimates that the Elster EnergyAxis solution has enabled the Arizona utility to remotely handle more than one million service orders, save more than 401,000 labor hours, avoid more than two million driving miles, and conserve 198,000 gallons of fuel.
EnergyICT’s MDM and network management solution will perform detailed smart meter data analysis on information collected from each AMI endpoint, providing SRP’s customers flexible pricing strategies in the form of time-of-use (TOU).
Michael Lowe, SRP’s manager of Customer Services-Power, says, “Given the immense operational savings and award-winning customer feedback that we have received from Elster’s EnergyAxis AMI solution, we trust the Elster brand to deliver the same high quality level and rich features in their MDM solution. MDM is a critical component of the Smart Grid, delivering enhanced services for both the utility and our customers.”
In October 2009, the Department of Energy awarded a matching grant to SRP under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) initiative to help further its Smart Grid deployment.
EnergyICT president Claude Godin says, “With its rich legacy of innovation, customer service and industry leadership, we are proud to have SRP represent one of Elster Group’s first joint AMI/MDM deployments. As the very first AMI deployment in the U.S., SRP continues to represent the Smart Grid success blueprint for utilities of all sizes to follow. By combining the EnergyICT MDM solution with its existing large scale AMI deployment, SRP will have unmatched visibility and control of energy usage, helping the utility deliver new services that cut costs and reduce consumption.”
Elster is one of the world’s largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers, offering distribution monitoring and control, advanced smart metering, demand response, networking and software solutions, and numerous related communications and services. For more information, visit www.elster.com.
The Salt River Project is the third-largest public power utility in the United States, serving about 940,000 electric customers. For more information, visit www.srpnet.com.