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[October 11, 2012]

Whitehall Electric Utility Selects Elster For Hosted AMI Deployment

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Elster Solutions announced today that Whitehall Electric Utility selected Elster's EnergyAxis® system for its hosted Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment. Whitehall services both electricity and water consumers and is the first of WPPI Energy's member utilities to enroll in the hosted AMI service offered by WPPI Energy. WPPI is a regional power company with 51 consumer-owned utility members serving more than 195,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110126/SF35872LOGO-a ) Whitehall selected Elster's EnergyAxis through WPPI primarily due to the system's robust mesh technology which is self-configuring, self-healing, and self-optimizing. Elster's field-proven technology and product quality were also important factors in Whitehall's decision.

"By enrolling in WPPI's hosted EnergyAxis® AMI service, we will have reduced upfront costs in IT hardware and software, and have access to an MDM system at a fraction of the cost of purchasing our own. We feel that Elster's mesh technology provides us with important advantages. Their leadership in AMI and Smart Grid technology made Elster the right choice for Whitehall. We look forward to serving our customer-owners better through our use of this technology," said Tina Sass, City Administrator, Whitehall Electric Utility.

"WPPI Energy continues to invest in innovative technologies that enable us to more efficiently operate our electric system while meeting the evolving needs of member utilities such as Whitehall Electric Utility," said WPPI Energy Sr. Vice President of Member and Customer Services Tom Paque.

"Elster's work with Whitehall Electric Utility and WPPI Energy supports our mission to provide utilities with comprehensive and flexible solutions to deliver greater grid efficiency for utilities in all size markets," said Ed Myszka, President, Elster Solutions.

About Elster With more 170 years of experience, Elster Solutions has built a reputation on providing cutting-edge technologies to deliver world class products, systems and services to utility clients worldwide. Elster Solutions has two main areas of business - electricity metering products and Smart Metering and Smart Grid system solutions. Elster Solutions engineers fully interoperable smart electricity metering products through custom-made options for utility customers and award-winning end-to-end solutions for the Smart Grid with EnergyAxis, a multi-utility advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for water, gas and electricity around the world.

Elster Solutions helps utilities improve their revenue cycle services, customer service, delivery reliability, and enable efficient energy usage by utility consumers through demand response and in home networking capabilities.

For more information about Elster Solutions, please visit www.elster.com and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EnergyAxis.

SOURCE Elster

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