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Honeywell lands $200m smart metering contract in Tennessee

Steve Rogerson
February 16, 2016
Honeywell has landed a $200m contract to deploy an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in a five-year project for Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW), the largest three-service public utility in the USA, with more than a million utility meters.
The company will deploy its Elster EnergyAxis AMI advanced metering technology throughout MLGW's service territory.
Under the project, which expands on an earlier, smaller smart meter installation project for the utility by Elster, Honeywell will install a fully integrated smart energy system that includes about a million electric, gas and water smart meters. The project includes communications modules to facilitate automated meter reading and software to analyse and manage the data. The rollout is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Elster was acquired by Honeywell in December 2015.
The system will provide operational and cost efficiencies for MLGW through integrated metering of electric, water and gas in its service territory and the automated collection of meter data. Customers will benefit by having access to more data about their energy consumption and resources to help them better manage their usage.
"Memphis and Shelby County joins communities across Tennessee and the nation who are using smart meters and benefiting from efficient utility service delivery, enhanced payment options and increased customer savings," said Jerry Collins Junior, president and CEO of MLGW. “This is an exciting time in MLGW's 77-year history and we are delighted to work with such a respected company as Honeywell in this endeavour.”
MLGW began its transition to smart grid technology in 2013 with a first phase deployment of the EnergyAxis AMI system, consisting of approximately 60,000 electric, water and gas smart meters, communications and software.
"We are committed to working closely with MLGW to continue to strengthen the reliability and security of its utility services," said Jeff Tolnar, vice president and general manager at Honeywell and formerly of Elster. "As part of Honeywell, we now have access to its extensive technology portfolio, and will contribute to the company's growth in home and building connectivity around the world."
There are more than 120 active EnergyAxis deployments worldwide, including 77 in the USA, 16 of which are in the Tennessee Valley.