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HUNTINGDON (May 30) — Approximately 12,000 of Carroll County Electric’s new electric meters are installed throughout the county leaving approximately 3,400 with the former analog meters …
HUNTINGDON (May 30) — Approximately 12,000 of Carroll County Electric’s new electric meters are installed throughout the county leaving approximately 3,400 with the former analog meters to replace.
Danny Brawner, general manager of Carroll County Electric, said he expects all meters to be installed by the end of June or July. Once installed, the meters will report the customers’ usage to the central office in Huntingdon and eliminate the need for the door-to-door meter readers.
The system works with the meters transmitting a signal to other meters, which report to one of the system’s substations. From there, the signal is carried along department-owned fiber optics back to the central office. The new meters will also help identify any problems of voltage along the service lines.
Ryan Drewry, business manager, said the meters also have a function of providing alarms and events to provide a history of usage or problems at each customer’s location. Once the master data management system is fully operational sometime in the future, customers will have an online portal to view their history of usage. A pre-pay option can also be implemented for customers who choose to pay in advance or for those customers who have a history of delinquencies of payments. The pre-pay option also helps reduce the initial payment deposit, which is double the dollar value of the highest prior meter reading.
The system reads the meters 49 times daily – twice each hour and at midnight.
With no other business, the board set the next meeting for June 27.