Cooperative will upgrade to new meter technology to benefit members
A&N Electric Cooperative is in the process of upgrading its metering system to improve the reliability and efficiency of the existing electric distribution system.
The pilot phase of about 1,300 new meters has been installed in the Onancock, Onley and Melfa areas. The cooperative will now be working on the test phase of the pilot program. The system will be fully tested and must be accepted before full deployment of the project can begin.
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.
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 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.