The Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) announces that it will use its U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) award to double its deployment of the Elster EnergyAxis advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart grid solution.

Since 2003, SRP has deployed approximately 500,000 Elster REX residential and ALPHA commercial and industrial smart meters, and used the data provided by EnergyAxis to support industry-leading customer service and significant cost and environmental savings. SRP estimates that the EnergyAxis solution has enabled the Arizona utility to remotely address more than 748,000 customer orders, save more than 249,000 in labor hours, avoid more than 1.3 million driving miles (2. 1 million km) and conserve 135,000 gallons (511,031 liters) of fuel.

EnergyAxis enables SRP customers to better monitor and manage their energy consumption based on preselected time-of-use (TOU) rates. The utility has seen a 20% increase in voluntary TOU rate program participation with smart meter installations as consumers gain access to TOU data via the SRP web portal or e-mail notifications.

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