Cooperative will upgrade to new meter technology to benefit members
A&N Electric Cooperative will upgrade its metering system to improve the reliability and efficiency of the existing electric distribution system.
The cooperative will install a small test phase in the coming months. The test phase of over 1,300 new meters will be installed in the Onancock area, stretching to areas that include Bobtown, Pungoteague, and Melfa. A&N Electric Cooperative expects to complete the installation of all of our member’s 35,000 plus meters by 2020.
“The upgraded metering system will allow members to see more detailed information about their energy use,” said ANEC Director of Member Services Lori Shreaves. “Instead of the daily use we see with our existing system, members will be able to look at their hourly energy use and pinpoint what appliances and electronics are contributing to that use.”
The impact of the installation is minimal. Co-op members can expect to lose power for a few minutes on the day of the installation. In addition, the next bill will show two meter readings: one from the old meter and one from the new meter. Members will be able to identify old and new readings by the meter number included on their bill.
The upgraded meters will enable the cooperative to perform several functions remotely, such as reading meters and reconnecting power and will support additional value-added services for our members.
“Once fully installed, the new system will allow the cooperative to expand its billing options and institute a pre-paid method, which has been proven to help some members manage their energy use more effectively,” Shreaves said.
The new meters will not affect co-op members’ kilowatt hour rate.
The upgraded system will lower the cost related to manual meter reading, which will contribute significantly to the financial return on the project. The new system will also reduce the cooperative’s carbon footprint by reducing the number of employee travel responses to meter issues.
Other benefits from the meters include:
- Automated detection of outages
- More efficient power distribution, helping us keep costs down for members
- More accurate information about outages and restoration times
- More information about your power use
- Better detection of power theft
- Will support and expand billing options
A&N Electric Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit utility. We are looking out for our members by investing in new technology to improve efficiency and reliability.