REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) – Rocky Mountain Power is upgrading 85,000 meters in Idaho to new digital meters, also known as smart meters or advanced metering technology.
The installations will take place throughout the remainder of 2021 with installations forecast to be complete in 2022.
The new meters provide customers with timely information to make informed decisions about their electricity use and enable more efficient management of the power grid.
"This meter upgrade program is one of many steps we’re taking to build the power grid of the future," said Curtis Mansfield, Rocky Mountain Power senior vice president of power delivery. "By vastly improving our meter technology, we can deliver energy more reliably through real time data, reduce costs and empower our customers to actively engage in how and when they use energy."
Customers will receive a letter up to a month in advance of the installation, followed by a phone call a week before an authorized contractor will be onsite. The upgrade can take as little as 30 minutes and typically results in a five-minute service interruption. Customers will have access to daily energy use information through a secure website about six weeks after the new meter is installed.
The new meters will help hold down operating costs and improve customer service and reliability while maintaining the highest standards of security and customer privacy. Other benefits include:
- instant tracking of outages, meaning faster service response and shorter outages overall;
- disconnection and reconnection of power remotely;
- providing data on the grid’s operating status;
- giving customers the ability to view power usage hour-by-hour, get a forecast of their next bill and set alerts so they can adjust their activity to reduce both their carbon footprint and bill;
- offering more detailed usage reporting for businesses which will help them cut costs and make investments in equipment and technology that help their business grow;
The Institute for Electric Innovation estimates that 107 million smart meters were deployed by the end of 2020, covering 75 percent of households in the United States. The upgraded meters are a key component to updating the energy grid and can make it possible to adjust the flow of energy to meet specific needs, while supporting both rising technological demands and a clean energy future.
"We are connecting our communities throughout Idaho and across our service area in a way that improves the reliability and efficiency of the grid, both at home and at work," said Mansfield. "With advanced metering technology now mature, proven and available at competitive prices, we can deliver the benefits while maintaining some of the lowest rates in the country."
Additional information is available at www.rockymountainpower.net/meterupgrade. Customers can also call 1-866-869-8520.