The expected cost of the meter replacement is $12.6 million, which is projected to be offset through operational savings — which will reduce waste, improve reliability and encourage energy efficiency and demand response.
The meters were planned to be installed over four years beginning in 2007. Installing the meters in phases allowed TID staff to change the meters as well as maintain better control of the critical meter-reading and billing processes.
The second phase of the SMART Meter project involves the system at TID which collects and communicates with the SMART Meters in the field. This phase involves the installation of Outage Management and Meter Data Management systems.
Once installed, the Outage Management System will allow us to better communicate with your meter in real time and pinpoint outages when they occur or, even potential outages before you lose power. This should shorten response and restoration times when the power unexpectedly goes out and, eliminate some outages by replacing faulty components before they fail completely knocking out power to our customers.
In addition, a new Meter Data Management System will eventually allow you to access a greater level of detail through your online account about your personal energy consumption and usage, allowing you to maximize your energy savings by adjusting your usage habits.
These two new systems are currently in the planning process and once they begin to be installed and rolled out to you, we will update this page as well other appropriate methods of communication.