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Elster says the City of Georgetown, Texas, has chosen EnergyAxis for its system-wide, multi-utility meter replacement project. Georgetown intends to deploy the EnergyAxis solution throughout its service territory, installing 21,000 smart electricity meters and 21,000 water meters.

In addition to providing Georgetown's new metering solution, Elster will work with partners Texas Meter and Device, Wesco Distribution and Hometown Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association, to develop the city's new system.

"The relationship between Elster and Hometown Connections really solidified our decision that this was the right deployment for Georgetown," says Glenn Dishong, utility director, Georgetown. "With improved metering services and communications solutions, we will be able to drive the savings we need while improving our customers' utility experience."

The city has operated a one-way fixed network system for the past decade. With EnergyAxis, the utility will now have a comprehensive communications infrastructure that is capable of improving customer service through usage monitoring, which allows the customer to efficiently understand how much energy consumption is being used. The technology will also enable the city to reduce operational costs and minimize outage management response time.

The new smart meter project is expected to be completed by May.

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