This system was deployed for the following reasons:
Consistency in when meters are read (i.e. always read on the same day each month).
Improve accuracy of monthly meter reads.
Reduce risk of injury to our employees that have to read in all weather conditions.
Reduce staff required to read meters.
Offer customers more insight into their energy usage.
Assist in restoration of power during outages. The system will identify homes without power.
We need to deploy smart meters in order to be compliant with regulation changes made by the Federal Government.
Help us monitor voltage throughout the system during heavy demand so we can adjust accordingly.
The Aclara Two-Way Automatic Communications System (TWACS) Technology is time proven fixed-network solution that uses patented technology to transmit data over existing power lines. Aclara TWACS Technology offers two-way communication to electric meters and provides for timely billing, load control, demand response, and outage detection and assessment. This system does not use cellular towers as part of its implementation. All communication is over our existing electric wires.
Below are the datasheets associated with the various types of meters and modules that are being deployed to make this system operational:
COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS and LARGE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
GE KV2 Electric Meter Specification
TWACS Module specification for Commercial meters
Deployment of the AMI system was completed in the Spring 0f 2013.
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SPORADIC LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT OUR SYSTEM
THAT STILL HAVE METERS TO BE CHANGED