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Orlando to upgrade its entire service area to digital electric and water meters


From the January 8, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 8, 2013

The Orlando Utilities Commission plans to install digital electric and water meters for its entire service territory of nearly 228,000 customers. Over the next 12 months, the Florida utility will replace the old analog electric meters in each of the 150,000 households it serves, based on its regular meter-reading schedule. Within two years, OUC plans to connect about 147,000 digital water meters. 

OUC expects to recoup its $58.9 million investment in the technology upgrade through reduced labor and operational costs. The project was included in its financial planning and no electric rate changes are anticipated, the utility said. The new meters will provide daily data that can help the utility to better serve its customers and customers to better manage their electric and water consumption and ultimately their utility costs, OUC said.

"This new technology offers a wide range of benefits that make it well worth the long-term investment," said OUC Vice President of Customer and Sustainable Services Byron Knibbs. "It lays the foundation for OUC to provide customers with a variety of benefits, including access to more detailed information about daily usage and new programs, such as pre-pay metering and consumption alerts."

OUC selected Elster Energy Axis Solution to complete its advanced metering infrastructure system. Utility Partners of America and Scope Services will handle the transition, the utility said.

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