Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC; North Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.) has chosen the ENERGYprism Customer Care and Energy Vision Operational Efficiency solutions from Aclara to transform its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) into a foundation for smart-grid development.

LCEC has been collecting daily consumption data from its 210,000 customers since 2002 via the Aclara TWACS technology, a fixed-network AMI solution that transmits meter readings over power lines. With the addition of the Aclara meter-data-management system, LCEC has the ability to quickly validate, store and integrate data from many utility systems, giving utility managers better decision-making information.

The Aclara applications give utility customers online information on household energy use, as well as tools to understand bills, compare usage to similar households, pinpoint where energy dollars go based on a home profile and learn ways to make smarter energy choices. In addition, a Bill-to-Date feature lets customers see how much their electric bill is at any point in the billing cycle, determine what the final bill may be at the end of the billing period and set a customizable threshold that triggers an alert from the utility.

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