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February 24th, 2009
San Marcos wins award for 'Smart Meters'

Left to right are representatives of the City of San Marcos Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)  Team, Eka Systems and UtiliWorks: City Councilmember Kim Porterfield, Steve Parker, Judy LeStrange, Mark Harkins, David Pauken, Brian Simpson and Paul Heinl, Richard Stankiewicz, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Ernest Cavazos, Angela Riley, Laurie Moyer, Councilmember Fred Terry, Tom Taggart, Collette Jamison, Ramona Brown, Lendon Ellis, Dale Pennington, City Councilmember John Thomaides, Jon Clack and Tony Salinas.

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San Marcos’ Advanced Metering Infrastructure project won the AMI Project of the Year award by Utility Automation and Engineering T&D Magazine for its performance with water and electric “smart meters.”

“The City of San Marcos is honored to win this award for our venture into smart metering,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz. “The AMI project reflects the city council’s policy commitment to streamline government, make our services more accessible and encourage conservation.”

The meters use modern technology to communicate directly with the utility office via radio transmission. Eka Systems, a provider of smart meters and AMI infrastructure, will begin installations in April with a timeline of about six months for electric meters and 18 months for water meters. Customers will then be able to access their accounts online and track their power and water consumption.

“Advanced metering will give our citizens ready access to information about their water and electric use, and the ability to better manage their consumption,” said Narvaiz.

Said San Marcos City Manager Rick Menchaca, “Winning this award reaffirms our belief that AMI and Smart Meters are a very good investment for the citizens of San Marcos.”

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