Wheatland AMI Installation Over 50% Complete
Project Is On Track for 2017 Completion
Last September, Wheatland Electric began installing new Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) across our service territory. We estimated that the entire conversion process would take approximately two years to complete, with the majority of our members expected to have new meters in place within 12-18 months. As we near the 10-month mark into the conversion process, we are happy to report that, to date, we have installed more than 18,000 new meters and supporting infrastructure and are officially more than half-way through the conversion process. Our crews and operations staff have been busy installing new meters almost as quickly as we can get them. We remain on track to complete the conversion to the new AMI system within the anticipated time frame.
Benefits of AMI Meters
As we continue the conversion process, we would like to remind our members of the benefits of this new technology. Implementation of the AMI system will result in improved operational efficiencies at Wheatland and enhanced member services. This new metering infrastructure will help Wheatland continue to provide reliable electricity at a competitive price, while providing these improvements:
- Reduced meter reading costs
- More accurate billing
- State of the art outage management system
- Power quality improvement
- Transformer loading analysis
- Safer and more efficient daily operations
Access Usage Information on SmartHub
In addition to these improvements, installation of these new meters will allow members the ability to access their usage data down to the hour, on a daily basis on their SmartHub accounts. This data will be available, once we’ve implemented our new meter data management which we expect to be in place sometime in August. Accessing this data will put a wealth of information at your fingertips, allowing you to make informed decisions about your energy usage and compare usage to previous days, months and years. Investment in and implementation of this new technology will provide these benefits and many more to your cooperative for years to come, ensuring that reliable and competitively priced electricity is a part of our future.
Wheatland Electric will continue installing AMI meters during the next few months. When Wheatland’s employees change out the meter, they will notify the member by knocking on the door. If the member is home, the employee will explain the meter exchange process. The impact of the installation is minimal, and we will work with businesses to minimize any inconvenience. Wheatland Electric members can expect to lose power for a few minutes on the day of installation. Following the installation, members will receive a bill with two readings: one for the old meter and one for the new meter. The large majority of our members will have the new meters in place within the next 10-12 months.
Reconnecting Your AMI Meter
As we mentioned, this new technology will help to make our operations more efficient. One of those areas of improved efficiency is the ability to remotely connect and disconnect meters. If your service has been disconnected for nonpayment and the required payment amount has been completed and processed, you can automatically reconnect your service. Please note: Automatically reconnecting service can only be utilized by members with AMI meters. To reactivate your service, push and hold the black button on your meter for five seconds. If your service is not automatically restored or if you do not have an AMI meter, please contact 800-762-0436. For after-hours assistance, please call 800-662-4246.