The city of Leesburg, Florida, U.S, is modernizing its electric grid with advanced technologies designed to increase energy efficiency, improve power reliability and empower its consumers.

The city will use GE's Grid IQ: Solutions as a Service offering to expand its capabilities to deliver an array of energy services, including: access to more energy-usage information; prepayment options to better understand and control energy usage; online portal access to an array of information, including home energy usage, patterns and billing; faster response to power outages; and automated meter reading.

GE's offering will include an advanced metering infrastructure network, a meter data management system and a demand-response optimization system. GE will be responsible for managing and maintaining the applications for the city of Leesburg at its data center, but the city will continue to own the data and manage its operations.

The entire project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.