Entergy Selects Elster’s EnergyAxis® Advanced Metering Infrastructure Solution

December 18, 2007

 

Raleigh, North Carolina

Elster Integrated Solutions (EIS), part of Elster Group, announced today that Entergy has selected Elster’s EnergyAxis Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution for its 3,400 meter pilot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.6 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy will use the pilot to test AMI functionality, identify functional benefits, and subsequently develop a long term strategy for deploying AMI.

EnergyAxis provides Entergy with full AMI functionality including:

• Very high system read and communications reliability
• Delivery of monthly and on-demand reads
• Ability to collect interval data from every meter
• Real time remote meter connect and disconnect with load-limiting functionality
• Outage detection and notification
• Remotely upgradeable firmware
• Pre-pay account management
• Home area network including displays, thermostat, and load controls utilizing ZigBee® communications

Sharon Allan, president of Elster Integrated Solutions said, “We are pleased and proud of the selection of EnergyAxis as the platform to validate Entergy’s long term AMI strategy. We are committed to providing the products and services that have made the EnergyAxis System the number one worldwide AMI mesh network.”

The EnergyAxis System is currently the most widely deployed two-way mesh network AMI technology in the world. Its standards-based open architecture offers utilities a full range of AMI functionality choices and seamless integration with customer enterprise or meter data management (MDM) packages.

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For further information contact:
Gabrielle Puccio, Elster, Director of Corporate Communications, 
+1-919-250-5413,
gabrielle.puccio@us.elster.com
 
About Entergy
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear power generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.6 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 14,500 employees. For more information,
www.entergy.com.

About Elster Integrated Solutions
EIS delivers AMR and AMI systems that help utilities improve revenue cycle services, customer service, and delivery reliability as well as implement demand response and conservation programs.  EIS delivers and integrates metering automation solutions for utility customers so that they can better manage their business in the area of electric, water, and gas usage as well as facilitate new end-customer programs. Experienced in field-proven AMR/AMI system deployment, EIS enables business and customer management from metering information. Core to EIS solutions are the use of intelligent standards based communications. For more information, visit
www.elster-eis.com.

About Elster Group
Elster Group is the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of highly accurate, high quality, integrated metering and utilizations solutions to the gas, electricity and water industries. In addition, through its subsidiary Ipsen International, it is the leading global manufacturer of high level thermo-chemical treatment equipment. The group has over 8,500 staff, operations in 38 countries and serves over 115 markets around the world. Elster’s high quality products and systems reflect the wealth of knowledge and experience gained from over 170 years of dedication to measuring precious resources and energy.  For more information, visit
www.elster.com.