Honduras' ENEE wins Utility Planning Network's (UPN) 2007 Metering Program Award for AMR Initiative - International



    RALEIGH, N.C., October 3 /CNW/ - Elster Electricity, part of Elster
Group, the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of highly accurate, high
quality, integrated metering and utilization solutions, announces that Empresa
Nacional de Energia Electrica (ENEE) was selected as winner of Utility
Planning Network's (UPN) 2007 Metering Award Program for AMR Initiative -
International.

    Annually, AMRA partners with the Utility Planning Network to sponsor The
Metering Awards Program which recognizes utilities for excellence in metering
initiatives worldwide. These awards programs represent an unprecedented
collaborative effort by all types of utilities working together to recognize
utility colleagues for excellence.

    ENEE is being recognized by UPN for the 2007 AMR Initiative -
International Award based on its execution of an aggressive revenue protection
program using advanced metering technology (AMI) to prevent financial
collapse. On May 11, 2007, ENEE officially launched the EnergyAxis(R) System
in San Pedro Sula, Honduras by opening a dedicated facility where ENEE uses
Elster's EnergyAxis System to analyze meter data and actively pursue
reductions in non-technical losses.

    Ronald B. Via, vice president of Elster Electricity, stated, "The
EnergyAxis System is a standards-based advanced metering infrastructure with
the power and flexibility to help address non-technical losses, a problem
faced by utilities all over the world. ENEE's ability to recover revenue and
begin preventing non-technical losses in such a short time demonstrates the
value Elster's AMI solutions deliver to utilities. It is no surprise that its
international peers in the energy industry selected ENEE for this award. The
financial results and return on investment ENEE has seen in this project is
phenomenal. "

    From system launch to the first week of September, ENEE has a total
savings of approximately 14.5M USD through recovery of lost revenue and
operational savings. Reductions in non-technical losses nationwide account for
12M USD of the total savings. Another 1.2M USD was saved on site checks done
previous to meter deployments. ENEE also collected 368,000 USD from customers
that were tampering with meters and the tampering activity was detected
through EnergyAxis metering automation server (MAS) alarms. ENEE has performed
about 3096 service disconnections and 3016 service connections remotely from
its facility in San Pedro Sula. The remote connect and disconnect operations
account for approximately 1M USD in operational savings, collections, and
connection fees.

    The EnergyAxis System enables users to monitor service points for
anomalies in energy usage patterns which could indicate non-technical losses
or tampering. On service points that have an optional service control switch,
service can be remotely disconnected or connected from the monitoring
facility.

    For further information contact:

    Gabrielle Puccio, Director of Corporate Communications, Elster, 208 S.
Rogers Lane, Raleigh, NC 27610, 919-250-5413, gabrielle.puccio@us.elster.com

    About Elster Electricity

    Elster Electricity is a leading provider of electricity metering products
and services throughout the world. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Elster
Electricity offers integrated, cost-effective solutions including smart
meters, communication solutions, and metering automation systems for
residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Elster Electricity
serves customers through a global sales force. For additional information,
visit www.elsterelectricity.com.

    About Elster Group

    Elster Group is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of highly
accurate, high quality, integrated metering and utilization solutions to the
gas, electricity, and water industries. In addition, through its subsidiary
Ipsen International, it is the leading global manufacturer of high level
thermo-chemical treatment equipment.

    The group has over 8,500 staff, operations in 38 countries and serves
over 115 markets around the world. Elster's high quality products and systems
reflect the wealth of knowledge and experience gained from over 170 years of
dedication to measuring precious resources and energy. For more information,
visit www.elster.com.




For further information:

For further information: Elster Electricity Gabrielle Puccio,
919-250-5413 Director of Corporate Communications
gabrielle.puccio@us.elster.com

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