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Pioneer meters going high-tech

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Pioneer Electric Cooperative is making a big change in the way it reads electric meters. Over the next two years, new digital meters will be installed in all homes and businesses powered by Pioneer Electric, providing several member service and cost saving benefits as well as accurate and efficient remote meter reading. The new system, once fully installed will give Pioneer additional information to assist in outage management and restoration efforts, providing members with improved electric reliability. The system will also enable enhanced billing and service options in the future.

Beginning in January, Pioneer will start replacing members’ electric meters with the newer, technologically advanced meters. The metering system will combine wireless and power line carrier (PLC) technologies. Cooper Power Systems was selected by Pioneer for the project for its extensive advanced metering infrastructure deployment experience and wide range of technology choices.

“The advanced meter reading system meets our goals for a technology that will serve our members well, and will enable us to meet our information requirements now and in the future,” says Steve Harmon, Pioneer Electric’s Vice President and General Manager.

A Pioneer Electric contractor, Metadigm, will install the automated meters. The project will be done in phases and Members will be notified when their meter will be replaced.  Members are not required to be present unless the meter is inaccessible, and will be notified if an appointment is necessary. The full installation process will take about 24 months.

“This is a system-wide enhancement which will allow all electric meters to be read remotely. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this automated meter infrastructure transition,” says Harmon.