Lafayette Utilities System selects Elster for smart grid project

Raleigh, N.C., October 27, 2011 — Lafayette Utilities System has chosen Elster's EnergyAxis as its multi-utility smart grid solution. Partially funded by a Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant, the $11.6 million deployment will provide energy-saving benefits to LUS customers.

The turnkey project is slated for installed on a 12-month deployment schedule with completion in 2013.

LUS serves about 66,000 combined electric and water customers in Lafayette, Louisiana, most of whom have combined electric and water service.

Elster's EnergyAxis will power an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project for LUS customers, delivering operational improvements and providing consumers with more flexibility in electricity and water usage. The increased visibility into energy and water consumption will enable LUS customers to manage, control and monitor their costs of usage.

EnergyAxis will deliver a comprehensive multi-utility system capable of improving customer service through usage monitoring.

Communication between smart meters and the system head-end will enable LUS to reduce operational costs and minimize outage management response time.

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