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Toronto Hydro Pilots Elster Electricity's EnergyAxis System with Two-Way, Smart Metering Communications.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meter-Based System Offers Easy Installation and Maintenance While Meeting the Government of Ontario's Smart Metering Initiative

Elster Electricity, LLC, a leading provider of metering solutions worldwide, announces that Toronto Hydro, the largest municipal utility in Canada, is piloting the EnergyAxis(R) System. The EnergyAxis System is a metering automation system that utilizes a 900 MHz controlled mesh network with Elster's single-phase electronic REX(R) meters and A3 ALPHA(R) meter collectors. Toronto Hydro is testing the system's two-way communications capability in three locations in the City of Toronto.

The EnergyAxis System enables Toronto Hydro to collect hourly interval and time-of-use metering data on electricity consumption from commercial installations, townhouses, and single-family residences. Toronto Hydro is testing the system's two-way meter-to-meter communication capabilities by stretching communications distances between meters up to 1,000 feet and installing meters in communications-challenged locations such as metal boxes and the basements of older homes.

In addition, Toronto Hydro is utilizing the EnergyAxis Metering Automation Server (MAS) hosted by Elster in Raleigh, NC. MAS enables Toronto Hydro to use additional system features such as flexible rate structures, two-way communications and on-demand meter reads in response to the Government of Ontario's Smart Metering Initiative. The Government of Ontario has established targets for the installation of 800,000 smart electricity meters by December 31, 2007 and the installation of smart meters for all Ontario consumers by December 31, 2010. Toronto Hydro's very thorough program to test the system under the Smart Meter Initiative requirements should be beneficial to other Ontario utilities looking for smart meter solutions.

"We are very interested in this pilot program and we expect that it will help us prepare for smart metering in Ontario," says Blair Peberdy, vice president communications and public affairs of Toronto Hydro Corporation.

"We are delighted that Toronto Hydro has chosen to test the EnergyAxis System to meet the Government of Ontario's Smart Meter Initiative," stated Jack Robertson, general manager of Elster Metering in Canada. "It's impressive to see how proactive Toronto Hydro has been to respond to the Government's directive. They have been quick to realize the benefits of a full two-way system that can do interval and TOU in the meter, without requiring special communication towers or repeaters. They can easily install the meters and the system creates its own communication network."

About Toronto Hydro { www.torontohydro.com }

Toronto Hydro Corporation is a holding company which operates through its wholly-owned subsidiaries including Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, a local distribution company (LDC) which distributes electricity; Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. which manages an existing portfolio of electricity contracts and is engaged in the development and sale of energy efficiency products and services; and Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. which leases fibre optic cable capacity and provides managed data services. The principal business of Toronto Hydro Corporation is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (THESL). THESL owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to over 670,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. THESL is the largest municipal electric distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 20% of the electricity consumed in Ontario.

About Elster Electricity, LLC { www.elsterelectricity.com }

Elster Electricity, LLC, a subsidiary within E.ON's Ruhrgas Industries, offers integrated, cost-effective solutions including advanced electricity meters, communication solutions, and metering automation systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Elster Electricity is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and is a leading provider of electricity metering products and services throughout the world. Elster's metering products include high accuracy ANSI and IEC electricity meters, the EnergyAxis System with intelligent two-way communications, and the ALPHA meter line. Elster Electricity serves customers through a global sales force.

About Elster Metering (Canada) { www.elstermetering.com }

Elster Metering is a leading supplier of electricity and water meters and related AMR equipment and systems in Canada. Elster Metering is a division of Canadian Meter Company, Canada's leading gas meter supplier, and part of E.ON's Ruhrgas Industries. Elster Metering is located in Burlington, Ontario and offers a wide variety of metering and AMR solutions. Elster Metering delivers metering solutions across Canada focusing on helping customers achieve their metering goals.
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