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Elster has announced that Benton County Electric System (BCES) in Camden, Tenn., has selected the Elster EnergyAxis smart grid solution to deliver an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.

BCES will integrate Elster's EnergyAxis system to enable network management, control and operation. By deploying EnergyAxis, BCES will be able to collect and analyze the data it needs to improve customer service, as well as realize operational efficiencies, according to Elster.

BCES is one of 155 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) power distributors and an active member of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, which represents utilities that receive power from the TVA.

"BCES is joining fellow TVA utilities in modernizing electricity management with the implementation of an AMI solution," says Raymond Barnes, general manager of BCES. "Elster's EnergyAxis is giving us a reliable and field-proven toolkit that will help increase productivity [and] reduce costs by implementing time-of-use rates where appropriate that will result in overall improvement to our bottom line."

The turnkey project is on a three-month deployment schedule with completion planned for mid-2013.



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