Georgetown aims to deploy the EnergyAxis solution throughout its service territory, installing 21,000 smart electricity meters and 21,000 water meters.

Apart from providing Georgetown’s new metering solution, Elster will also work with partners Hometown Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association, Texas Meter and Device and Wesco Distribution, to develop the city’s new system.

The City of Georgetown has operated a one-way fixed network system for the last ten years.

Elster said with EnergyAxis, the utility will now have a multi-utility metering and communications infrastructure that is capable of improving customer service through usage monitoring, which enables the customer to efficiently understand how much energy consumption is being used.

The technology will also allow the city to reduce operational costs and minimize outage management response time.

Georgetown utility director Glenn Dishong said, "With improved metering services and communications solutions, we will be able to drive the savings we need while improving our customers’ utility experience."

The new smart meter project is anticipated to be completed by May 2013.