October 6, 2011 – Hometown Connections today announced that it has named Elster the 2011 Phillip D. Shaffer Partner of the Year. Elster was selected for its outstanding customer service and the deployments of multiple EnergyAxis® Smart Grid systems at public power utilities across North America.
"Elster is a strong partner to Hometown Connections, delivering value to our utility members in the form of innovative technology and services acquired from years of experience in the public power market," said Tim Blodgett, president and CEO of Hometown Connections. "We are pleased to recognize Elster as our Partner of the Year and look forward to working with the company as the public power industry continues to invest in energy-saving Smart Grid solutions."
Elster provides Smart Grid and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions that enable public power utilities to improve operational efficiencies and deliver value-added customer services for reducing energy usage. By integrating seamlessly with existing electric grid infrastructures, Elster enables utilities to drive cost savings from the power plant to the home.
"With a proven track record of successful Smart Grid deployments, Elster understands the unique needs and operating requirements of public power utilities," said Mark Munday, president and CEO of Elster Solutions. "Elster is dedicated to helping public power utilities and their customers realize the full benefits of the Smart Grid. Our deep relationship with Hometown Connections and its industry knowledge have been invaluable to our public power customers."
"We are extremely honored to be named the Phillip D. Shaffer Partner of the Year and would like to thank Hometown Connections for its continued support," added Munday.