Honduras’ Empresa Nacional de Energí­a Eléctrica addresses non-technical losses

Ronald B. Via

Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 8, 2006 – Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE) in Honduras will install Elster Electricity’s EnergyAxis System, beginning deployment in December 2006. ENEE expects to complete the installation of 35,000 smart meters for residential, commercial and industrial applications in approximately six months. The company is owned by the Honduras government, and its power generation accounts for about 30 percent of the total consumption on the National Electric System; it is the only transmission, distribution and commercialization company in the country.

In their search for a smart metering system, ENEE found the EnergyAxis System best suited to meet their needs in reducing non-technical losses and dealing with delinquent accounts. ENEE also plans to use the system to perform energy audits and network balancing of the entire distribution system by using the load profile and voltage information it provides.

Jacobo Da Costa Gomez, northwestern region manager at ENEE, comments: “Thanks to Elster’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) we will be a cutting-edge electric utility in Latin America, able to face globalization with fast and high quality service to help satisfy our customers. For all these reasons we chose the EnergyAxis System.”

“We are pleased that ENEE has selected Elster’s EnergyAxis System to provide state-of-the-art smart metering AMI technology to the citizens of Honduras,” said Ronald B. Via, vice president at Elster Electricity. “Many of our customers have realized the benefits of a complete system rollout. ENEE’s decision is another example of how the EnergyAxis System has proven itself to be a very cost-effective solution for targeted needs today, and it gives users the flexibility to economically expand the system in the future. REX meters with the internal service control switch will give ENEE the flexibility to not only disconnect meters remotely and reduce non-technical losses, but also to reconnect service remotely from a central server and provide better and faster service to their customers.”