The city of Westerville was awarded $4.3-million for its planned smart-grid meter network through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Gov. Ted Strickland's office announced Tuesday.

The city of Westerville was awarded $4.3-million for its planned smart-grid meter network through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Gov. Ted Strickland's office announced Tuesday.

With the grant, Westerville will convert 13,000 electricity and water meters to a smart-grid network, which permits two-way communication between utility suppliers and customers.

The new meters will measure, store, send and receive consumptions data, including costs and prices.

City officials have said the system can be used to help residents save money and energy by monitoring their consumption and could be used to create a pricing system encouraging people to conserve and use energy during off-peak hours.

-- Jennifer Nesbitt