Villages in Alaska to get smart metering system


Alaska Village Electric Co-operative (AVEC) based in Anchorage, has chosen Elster Electricity’s EnergyAxis System with intelligent two-way communications and controlled mesh network to read mainly single-family residential meters at four remote villages. Three of the four villages generate power locally, and the new infrastructure will allow AVEC to obtain real-time data on these villages’ electric loads – invaluable for system planning and monitoring..

The EnergyAxis System for residential and small C&I customers features Elster’s single phase electronic REX® meter and A3 ALPHA® meter collector.

AVEC also plans to install the EnergyAxis Metering Automation Server (MAS) at its Anchorage headquarters. MAS will allow AVEC to remotely read and configure system meters and perform service disconnects and reconnects. These two-way system features are key benefits, because the villages are only accessible by water during certain times of the year, or by air, since there are no roads between the villages. MAS will also interface with AVEC’s existing billing and customer information systems. /