Webster Electric Cooperative in Marshfield, Missouri, has selected the Elster EnergyAxis AMI Smart Grid solution to replace its existing self-read electric meter base.
Webster Electric Cooperative plans to deploy 18,500 EnergyAxis Smart Meters between July and December 2010. With EnergyAxis, Webster Electric Cooperative will be able to remotely read residential and commercial smart eters, eliminating the current method of customer self-reads and estimated billing.
Elster's two-way EnergyAxis communication system will bring Webster Electric Cooperative remote data collection, remote connect and disconnect capabilities, broad improvements to customer service and the ability to detect non-technical electricity losses quickly and efficiently. With EnergyAxis in place, Webster Electric Cooperative also will be able to quickly implement demand response and distribution automation in the future.
Webster Electric Cooperative will deploy EnergyAxis 7.0, which includes expanded local area network capabilities for RF-based mesh AMI networks. These LAN capabilities can offer rural areas increased network speed, expanded data handling capabilities, improved network reliability and security.