AES Ohio will soon install smart meters as part of $267M 'smart grid'
- Oct 18, 2021 4:29 pm GMT
Oct. 18—Before year's end, AES Ohio will start installing "smart meters" in area homes, a step in the unfolding of the company's
In June, the
"It basically represents the entire energy industry moving to a new era," said
The company hopes that new era will mean more efficient usage and communication, quicker pinpointing of power outages and faster power restoration when outages happen, using digital technology to re-route distribution around problems.
That new era will also mean customers using 1,000 kilowatts of electricity a month will see an estimated
"We have people here locally, boots on the ground, walking around and doing network surveys," Dorsey said. "For these meters to communicate, you need to have that network installed out there."
With the meters in place — typically placed in the socket of the previous meter — readings and billing will be performed in an automated fashion, Dorsey said. If meter readers needed access to property before, they may not need that access with the new meters, he said.
Right now, the expectation is that AES Ohio will begin deploying meters before the end of the year, Dorsey said.
The project will run through the middle of 2025. By that time, nearly all AES Ohio customers should have a smart meter in place, Dorsey said.
The meters open the door to two-way communication with the utility and a better understanding of the location of outages, the company says. The utility won't need a call from a customer to see that a power outage has happened.
"It's really compressing that time frame," Kabel said.
In phase 1 of the rollout, AES Ohio will be expected spend up to
Also part of the plan: Investing
In a recent filing with the
In a statement, Duke said the monthly electric bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month would increase by 3.86%, or less than
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