Dominion Virginia Power (Richmond, Virginia, U.S.) has chosen the EnergyAxis System Smart Grid Solution from Elster Electricity (Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.) for use in the utility's recently announced energy-conservation plans.

In 2009, Dominion plans to deploy 200,000 smart meters as part of a large demonstration program of Smart Grid technology in urban and rural areas of Dominion's service territory. Dominion expects to improve customer service and business operations through advanced system control, real-time outage notification and power quality monitoring.

As part of this program, Dominion Virginia Power is deploying several smart thermostats with the EnergyAxis System for a residential critical peak pricing pilot this summer. Dominion will measure customer responsiveness to changing energy prices and the impact on energy demand during peak usage periods.