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TMCNet:  Landis+Gyr Advanced Meter Deployment at Ameren Illinois Utilities Reaches Milestone

[April 07, 2010]

Landis+Gyr Advanced Meter Deployment at Ameren Illinois Utilities Reaches Milestone

ATLANTA, GA, Apr 07, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Landis+Gyr announced it has completed deployment of more than 1 million advanced meters for Ameren Illinois utilities, the electric and gas utility serving electric and natural gas customers in southern Illinois.
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Landis+Gyr installed and now operates an advanced metering network for Ameren Illinois under a managed services agreement. The project began in 2006 and now represents 1.1 million electric and gas meters across a very large portion of the Ameren Illinois service territory.

The 1.1 million meters deployed are about one half of the Ameren Illinois' meter population. Landis+Gyr deployed a network in these areas to support current metering applications. The network is capable of communicating with both one-way and two-way metering and distribution devices.

"Now that we have completed the meter and module installations as planned, we are capturing the operational and customer service benefits of automation and are in a position to evaluate the automation of the remaining 1.1 million meters. We are also starting to look for added value from the network," said Bruce Hollibaugh, Manager of Illinois Metering & Projects for Ameren Illinois. "Some of the value-added services we will be evaluating include remote disconnect/connect, remote demand resets, and interface with home area networking to support real-time pricing programs." Landis+Gyr has also operated an electric and gas automated metering network for AmerenUE in Missouri since 1995. Combined, the Ameren utilities now have more than 2.5 million advanced meters deployed.

Both networks are deployed and operated by Landis+Gyr under managed service agreements with the utilities. In Missouri, Landis+Gyr is also working with Tendril to provide in-home energy displays to a limited number of Ameren customers.

About Landis+Gyr Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions.

Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents, and employs nearly 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.

About Ameren Illinois The Ameren Illinois utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) have been providing safe, reliable energy delivery service for more than a century. The Ameren Illinois utilities deliver energy to 1.2 million electric and 813,000 natural gas customers in more than 1,200 communities within a 43,700-square-mile service territory.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan Jacobson Landis+Gyr 218-562-5195 Email Contact SOURCE: Landis+Gyr http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/emailprcntct?id=2305EF8F2EC58953

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