Elster powers smart grid project for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

Raleigh, N.C., February 24, 2011 — The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative has selected Elster's EnergyAxis smart grid solution to improve operational efficiency and empower members with more visibility and control over energy usage.

The largest cooperative utility in New England, NHEC will deploy EnergyAxis and more than 84,000 Elster smart meters to enable advanced metering infrastructure capabilities, such as remote meter reading and comprehensive energy usage monitoring.

The NHEC smart grid project will begin in the summer of 2011 and run through the end of 2012. Elster will manage the full deployment of the installation.

"We needed a smart grid technology partner that understood and could meet our unique geographic and technology requirements," said Fred Anderson, NHEC President/CEO.

"Elster has demonstrated success in rural areas and across different elevations with both large and small utilities, making us very confident that EnergyAxis will enable NHEC and our members to realize the benefits of the smart grid," Anderson added.

With data from Elster's EnergyAxis solution, NHEC will create a web portal that provides members with more information on energy usage patterns, helping to reduce costs and improve energy efficiency. The smart grid deployment also is expected to deliver operating improvements such as fewer truck rolls related to power outages and meter reads.

"NHEC will work hand-in-hand with Elster throughout the entire smart grid project to ensure the consistency of our high service and to educate members every step of the way," Anderson said.

"NHEC understands the importance of ensuring its smart grid deployment is done right the first time and that members are engaged in its many benefits," said Mark Munday, president and CEO of Elster Solutions.

"Elster has successfully deployed smart grid projects of different sizes across varied terrains, helping utilities around the world improve both energy delivery and customer service. We are bringing this depth of experience and our smart grid technology solutions to NHEC for its deployment," Munday added.

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