Advanced Meter Information
As of the end of 2017, over 78.9 million advanced meters (informally called “smart” meters) have been installed in the United States – accounting for over half of all U.S. electricity customers. This trend is expected to continue as utilities and customers alike realize the benefits of the new technology. The PUD, after careful evaluation of its existing meters deployed across its service area, determined that it is now both feasible and cost-effective to enter into a forward-looking meter strategy to bring the PUD’s meter technology up-to-date and be well-positioned for the future growth and needs of Clallam County PUD customers. The PUD will be rolling out advanced meter upgrades over a 4 to 5 year period beginning in 2019.
Advanced meters will provide many immediate benefits including:
• Enhanced customer privacy due to significantly reduced need for PUD employees to access customer property
• Consistent billing cycles and no meter estimates (sometimes used when weather or other access issues prevent meter readers from reading meters)
• More accurate bills (old meter technology such as analog electromechanical meters lose accuracy over time)
• Remote disconnect meters offer faster service for connect and disconnection of service
• Enhanced employee safety and reduced accidents
• Energy theft protection
• Enhanced outage assessment and restoration capabilities – even if you are not home, your meter will report an outage at your location, a huge benefit for “snowbirds” or anytime you’re away from home
• Improved electrical distribution system operations, including voltage control and customer power quality investigations. If an issue is reported, PUD employees may be able to diagnose a problem remotely without having to send PUD employees to the site
• Reliability improvements, including a faster diagnosis and response to outage situations
• Reduction in the PUD’s carbon footprint by reducing the need for as many vehicles making trips for meter reading, disconnect/reconnect, and trouble calls.
• A net reduction in utility operating costs of over $300,000 per year – as a public utility such savings will ultimately benefit rate payers