The City of Dayton, Tennessee, has selected a smart grid solution to power its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Elster, along with its regional distribution partner WESCO Distribution, Inc., will supply 8,000 residential and 2,000 commercial Elster REX and A3 Alpha Smart Meters, providing delivery of electric services to City of Dayton electric customers.

Elster's EnergyAxis will provide the City of Dayton with automated metering infrastructure, allowing it to modernize its infrastructure to provide customers with clear pricing and usage information through time-of-use (TOU) rates. With TOU rates, the community will be able to manage, monitor and control energy consumption and costs. The Elster Smart Meters will be installed by the Dayton Electric Department with a project completion date of September 2012.

To promote energy efficiency, the Tennessee Valley Authority has recommended that its Tennessee Valley Public Power Association members migrate from seasonal rates to TOU rates.

"Elster's work with the City of Dayton represents another significant step in the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association's push to modernize its electric infrastructure with Smart Grid technology," said David Green, executive vice president, customers and markets, North America, Elster. "Elster's multi-utility EnergyAxis system provides the City of Dayton with advanced metering services, reducing outages, improving operational efficiencies and delivering new customer services for the management of personal energy consumption and rates," Green added.