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Southern Utilities to Implement Meter Data Management

Lafayette Utilities System, which provides electric, water, wastewater, and telecommunications services to 62,000 electric customers and 52,000 water customers in Lafayette, Louisiana, will implement the Aclara Meter Data Management (MDM) system, while Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation (BREMC), Lenoir, North Carolina, will deploy Aclara Consumer Engagement as well as MDM.

LUS chose Aclara to achieve maximum benefit from its AMI and other smart grid investments. AMI is seen as the foundational element of LUS’ smart grid project, which deploys smart grid technologies to various portions of its electric system to improve reliability, facilitate customer management of energy usage and costs, assist in asset optimization, and reduce environmental impact.

BREMC is an Aclara customer that has deployed its TWACS power-line communications technology to effectively and efficiently read its 75,000, widely distributed electric meters in six counties over power lines. Aclara’s MDM and Customer Engagement solutions will provide even more precise management of data for billing as well as presentation information to customers that will help them reduce their energy consumption through both increased awareness and better analytics.

Aclara’s MDM provides utilities with scalable meter-data storage, management, and analytics, including validation, estimation, and editing to improve the quality of data. It also offers both simple and complex pre-billing services and methods to integrate to enterprise billing applications. Its consumer engagement solution presents detailed information on resource usage to customers, making it easier for them to understand their bills and helping them make informed decisions on consumption.

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