The US Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant provided partial financing for the $11.6m deployment, which will provide energy-saving benefits to LUS customers.

LUS intends to install the project on a 12-month deployment schedule with completion in 2013.

Elster’s EnergyAxis will power an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project for LUS customers.

LUS said the increased visibility into energy and water consumption will enable its customers to manage, control and monitor their costs of usage.

Communication between Smart Meters and the system head-end will enable LUS to reduce operational costs and minimize outage management response time.

Elster Solutions CEO and president Mark Munday said the company’s selection as the provider for the multi-utility LUS Smart Grid Investment Grant project is a demonstration of the power and functionality the EnergyAxis solution provides.

"The company will help LUS improve operational processes that will result in increased efficiency and energy savings," Munday said.