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Anderson Municipal Light and Power plans to implement Aclara Technologies LLC's TWACS power-line communications to read electric meters.

Aclara says the TWACS technology will provide billing data at one-hour intervals and help the utility reduce costs and improve service to the almost 60,000 residents of Anderson, Ind. A TWACS advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) upgrade will be offered to Anderson customers.

Data provided by the TWACS AMI solution will allow Anderson Municipal Light and Power to better understand patterns of usage and identify programs that can reduce system peaks and keep costs low, Aclara adds. Meters on the TWACS system can also be connected automatically, allowing the utility to eliminate costs related to rolling trucks.

“Aclara’s TWACS technology will give Anderson Municipal Light and Power more flexibility in instituting programs that will help customers save money,” says Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith. “For example, an additional benefit from TWACS is that the utility eventually could institute prepay systems with no additional fees, giving customers more choice in determining how their electricity is delivered.”

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