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New Orleans-based energy company Entergy Louisiana has received approval to go ahead with its multi-year smart meter installation plan.

Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million customers and natural gas service to more than 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the company is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.

The smart energy meter installation approved by the Louisiana Public Service Commission, is expected to assist in expidited outage restoration, improved customer service with access to money-saving tools.

Entergy plans to install smart energy meters for households and businesses, beginning in 2019 through to 2021.

“The commission’s action lays the foundation for grid modernization technologies that will create a smarter energy future for Louisiana and offer a wide-range of benefits to our customers,” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, LLC.

Preparing for smart energy meter rollout

According to the Clean Technology Business Review, Entergy Louisiana will build and deploy the systems and infrastructure needed for the technology and installation of the advanced meters.

Entergy notes that through the upgrade to smart meter technology, customers can get timely and more detailed information on their energy use, allowing them to better manage their power consumption, which can lead to lower bills.

Furthermore, the energy company said that it would greatly benefit from a clearer real-time picture of the power grid and how it is operating. Outages can be identified more accurately, so crews can arrive on the scene more quickly to make repairs.

The company said that With better information, it can answer customers’ billing and service questions more quickly and effectively, improving customer service.

Entergy Louisiana’s more than 93,000 natural gas customers in the greater Baton Rouge area also will have their gas meters upgraded with new technology that will provide customers with data needed to better manage gas usage and help lower bills. [Entergy Arkansas launches new DR programme with Comverge]