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Electric Department Purchases Trucks, Discusses Upcoming Electronic Meters

Posted 2/6/19

HUNTINGDON (January 31) — Carroll County Electric Department will purchase two 2020 model digger derrick trucks following the decision of the board of directors last Thursday.The trucks were …

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Electric Department Purchases Trucks, Discusses Upcoming Electronic Meters

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HUNTINGDON (January 31) — Carroll County Electric Department will purchase two 2020 model digger derrick trucks following the decision of the board of directors last Thursday.

The trucks were purchased from Altec at a price of $264,510 each. Danny Brawner, system manager, said delivery takes 300 to 350 days. The Kenworth branded trucks are four-wheel drive and can be repaired in Jackson.

The two new trucks will replace the 2006 and 2007 model trucks located at Huntingdon and McKenzie work crew sites. Those used trucks could possibly be worth $15,000 to $20,000 each on trade, said Brawner.

Beginning February 11 and continuing for 15 to 16 weeks, contractor crews will install electronic meters at each and every customer at an install rate of about 200 daily. Department lineman and meter reader will install some of the new meters during new installs or trouble calls.

The Honeywell Elster electric meter will transmit the customer’s usage to the central office, eliminating the need for the door-to-door meter reader. Presently, the company has 1,920 new meters in inventory and an equal amount are to arrive this week.

Ryan Drewry, business manager, said approximately 15,300 meters will be installed. Meters and all the infrastructure will cost $2.35 million, which the system had the necessary cash reserves to pay in its entirety.

Initially, human meter readers will continue recording the customers’ usage until the system is fully operational. Carroll County Electric associates will receive training on the new system beginning March 18.

Old analog meters will be salvaged and sold for recycling. Brawner said some of the newer analog meters will be placed in inventory as spares but will have to be read manually.

The system relies on fiber optics to backhaul the data from each of the remote data collection points located at substations. Most of the fiber is now installed and extended to the central office in Huntingdon. Department employees are using a new fiber repair trailer in which on-site repairs can be made on the system’s fiber. The trailer has already paid for itself as it eliminates the need for outside contract crews to make repairs.

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