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SaskPower, the major electric utility serving Saskatchewan, Canada, says its next phase of smart meter installations will take place in Regina and surrounding towns. This part of the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) rollout will see an additional 2,100 smart electric meters installed.

"Moving forward with smart meters is a key piece of SaskPower's plans to renew and upgrade our provincial electricity infrastructure, and provides a foundation for further improvements to the system," says Robert Watson, SaskPower's president and CEO.

The test phase of the project in greater Regina will allow SaskPower and SaskEnergy to verify the system configuration and the wireless communications network that the meters use.

Doug Kelln, president and CEO of SaskEnergy, notes that the company has already seen very positive results with an automated meter reading project done in Swift Current over the past four years.

SaskPower announced in August 2010 that it would install approximately 500,000 smart meters across the province.

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