St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) will deploy the first full-scale EnergyAxis smart metering system in the Caribbean.

LUCELEC selected the EnergyAxis System from Elster (www.elster.com) based on its wireless and networking mesh communications and its ability to increase operational efficiencies, augment conservation initiatives and improve outage-response times through enhanced monitoring capabilities. LUCELEC will enhance customer-service capability and operational efficiencies with the system's remote disconnect and reconnect functionality.

St. Lucia has one power generation station and seven substations that service the entire island and 56,000 customers. To ensure the EnergyAxis system would provide robust connectivity in all areas of its service territory, LUCELEC deployed a 200 meter pilot. The pilot proved a success with all meters communicating reliably on a regular basis to LUCELEC operations.