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Utility Partners of America (UPA), which helps utilities install and upgrade water, gas and electric meters, is installing more than 41,000 automated electric meters ranging from residential to commercial polyphase meters on behalf of Durango, Colo.-based La Plata Electric Association (LPEA).

The companies say UPA is providing on-site project management, meter and network installation services, a work order management system, and is managing a call center for customer care and appointment scheduling.

According to the companies, the automated meters offer features that will allow LPEA members to better understand their electrical consumption and make more informed decisions regarding usage. In addition, the meters will also provide LPEA with diagnostics that will help increase power quality, optimize the electrical system and pinpoint outages, the companies note.

The companies report that the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.

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