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Russian Energy Provider to Deploy Echelon’s Advanced Metering System

ENERGOAUDITCONTROL (EAC), a company specializing in the creation and installation of large-scale metering solutions, will deploy Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering system in Russia. Under the first phase of the project, approximately 90,000 NES meters and associated software and infrastructure will be deployed to homes and small businesses across Russia with the potential for up to 275,000 additional meters and associated software and infrastructure in 2008 and 2009. This is an important case of large-scale technical cooperation between leading Russian and American engineering companies.

Echelon expects revenue over the duration of the project to be between approximately $9 and $35 million depending on the mix of products ordered and the number of options exercised. Shipments will begin later this quarter.

“Our project demanded a market-leading solution that could meet our unique combination of technical, business, and timing needs,” said Selvian Seu, EAC’s chief executive officer. “Technically, given the large number of meters we anticipate operating in our system over time and the vast distances covered by our project — literally spanning the entire county — we require a system that can both scale in size and scale over distance. The NES system has the proven capability for both. From a business perspective we are looking to implement a next-generation set of features that goes far beyond automated meter reading; the NES system brings us a market-leading platform. And, we are looking to deploy the system and deliver value quickly. Because the NES system exposes its functionality to our IT staff as industry-standard web services we can quickly and cost-effectively integrate and develop applications and meet our aggressive deployment schedule.”

Echelon's NES system provides an open, bidirectional, and extensible infrastructure that enables a wide range of utility applications. The system offers a comprehensive set of energy services, including: two-way automated meter reading; time-of-use pricing; net metering; prepaid metering; remote electrical disconnect and reconnect; service limiting; distribution system asset optimization; electricity outage detection and restoration management; blackout and brownout elimination; comprehensive revenue protection; on-demand and schedule-based direct load control; power quality measurement; and extensive tamper detection features.

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