CLEVELAND, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida's Palatka Gas Authority is implementing the STAR Network advanced metering infrastructure to automatically read the 3,500 commercial and residential natural gas meters that PGA serves. Aclara is a leader in Intelligent Infrastructure solutions and part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE).
Palatka Gas Authority chose the radio-frequency-based fixed-network to improve service as well as reduce costs. In addition, the new system will allow more frequent and flexible meter reading. Today, gas meters are read according to a monthly schedule, and bills are sent out on a schedule based on when the meter is read.
"Not only will we be able to take a vehicle off the road, but we'll have more flexibility in the meter-reading and billing cycle," says Don Kitner, general manager of the Palatka Gas Authority. "We have many residents who are on fixed incomes, and this will allow us to bill for gas usage on whatever schedule is most convenient for them."In addition to providing flexibility, Kitner believes that the AMI system will be more accurate and will allow the gas authority to better understand what is happening in its system. For example, the utility will immediately see any unusual spikes in usage that might indicate a problem in the gas-distribution network. The Palatka Gas Authority also will be able to identify potential theft by monitoring services that are not active. About AclaraAclara® represents the industry's leading intelligent infrastructure technologies for providing device networking, data-value management, and customer communications to water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Over 500 utilities in nine countries rely on proven Aclara solutions to connect with their customers. Aclara Technologies LLC is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis. Create Your Intelligent Infrastructure™ www.Aclara.com. SOURCE Aclara
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass + 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV