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Texas Cooperative Selects Smart Grid Technology for eCoGrid Initiative

Landis+Gyr has been selected by CoServ Electric to provide advanced metering and smart grid technology for the utility’s eCoGrid initiative. CoServ Electric will deploy Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream technology that supports advanced metering, distribution automation and personal energy management applications, and will bring two-way communications capabilities to the utility’s more than 150,000 electric meters.

Located in Corinth, Texas, CoServ Electric is an electric cooperative that serves six North Texas counties. The utility plans to begin installing Gridstream RF advanced meters in March 2011, with an anticipated project completion date of 2013.

“Our eCoGrid project will provide operational efficiencies to reduce costs, streamline operations, improve system reliability, and eventually offer members new technology to monitor and reduce energy usage in their homes and businesses,” said Mike Dreyspring, President and CEO of CoServ Electric.

CoServ Electric currently offers a variety of resources to help members reduce energy usage, including free energy audits. Earlier this year, CoServ Electric accepted a $17.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to support the eCoGrid initiative, which will allow the utility to offer additional rates, programs and energy efficiency options to its members.

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