NEC is currently expanding its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program. We are exchanging existing meters with newer digital meters manufactured by the Elster American Meter Company.
AMI provides remote communication capabilities, which allows us to remotely read meters. We receive the same billing information we always have. Your meter number and a meter reading are transmitted via a radio signal to our office. The RF exposure is extremely low; even lower than a cell phone or microwave. And, our meters only transmit for 1.5 seconds every 4 hours (a total of 9 seconds per day).
Benefits of Advanced Metering Infrastructure:
Improved EFFICIENCY: With remote meter reading and reconnection, we can save members time and money. It also provides more accurate meter readings no matter the weather, and more consistent billing periods.
Improved RELIABILITY: AMI helps locate and respond to outages faster; it also provides data for use to improve power quality.
Improved AFFORDABILITY: Operating more efficiently helps minimize costs. We can also use the new data to help our members find solutions to their billing questions