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Guatemala utility Empresa Electrica De Guatemala (EEGSA) has completed an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project with Landis+Gyr.

The AMI project will enable the utility to implement time-of-use (ToU) rates to help consumers reduce their energy use and costs during times when demand on the main grid is high.

The smart meters project was deployed over a period of five months to equip nearly 11,000 hign energy use residential and commercial customers.

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The project included the installation of Landis+Gyr’s GridStream Connect network and a Spanish-language consumer web portal to allow consumer access to usage and rate information to better adapt to rate incentives.

The network will also be leveraged to connect smart water meters, smart street lighting and to enable distribution automation, load management and improved system maintenance.

“Working with Landis+Gyr, we were able to install the full network and meters over a five-month period. This allowed us to meet regulatory requirements and will enable us to offer TOU rates to any customer who requests them in the future,” said Giovanni Salazar, head of smart grid operations at EEGSA.

“This project demonstrates the benefits grid modernization is bringing to Central America and we are excited to work with a partner like EEGSA to install scalable technology they will be able to build upon for future smart grid initiatives,” said Prasanna Venkatesan, Executive Vice President of the Americas region for Landis+Gyr.

EEGSA has 1.3 million customers in Guatemala.