Nevada-based utility NV Energy has selected IBM as a systems integrator for its Advanced Service Delivery (ASD) project that includes smart grid technology, advanced meter infrastructure and meter data management.

NV Energy, serving 1.4 million electric and gas customers in Nevada, is leading a smart grid deployment project, with support from the Department of Energy’s $138m stimulus grant.

IBM will provide its expertise in systems integration, system architecture, business process and business analytics.

In addition, NV Energy will use IBM software products to integrate new advanced metering, meter data management and demand response systems with existing applications including customer and geographic information systems.

NV Energy’s ASD project will enhance demand response to manage power load from the electric grid in order to maintain system reliability and improve energy efficiency, the company said.

In addition, the project is expected to provide customer service improvements including new digital meters, enhanced self-service options and access to a customer portal to manage energy use.