(Atlantic) The multi-year Smart Meter Project being implement by Atlantic Municipal Utilities continues. Steve Tjepkes, AMU General Manager, says they received a grant that covers 40-percent of the cost to install "Smart Electric" meters out in the rural areas which consisted of about 700-meters.
"What makes them smart is the communication system," stated Tjepkes. "Instead of once a month having a meter reader walk up and write down how much you use and bring it back to the office, it will now be down by radio frequency. Not only can we get a reading once a month we can receive it hourly."
Tjepkes says they are also moving in that direction with water meters. "We will have hourly information where you can see what your water flows were and we can monitor whether water usage spiked or was it gradual, just alot more information will be available to us."
The other advantage to the smart meters is during an electric storm. Tjepkes said before the crews relied on calls to report outages. The smart meters will tell them exactly where the outage is and who is affected.
Steve Tjepkes appeared in front of the Atlantic City Council Wednesday night, for one of his bi-annual reports.
September 7, 2012