Pacific Power is beginning to replace 590,000 traditional electric meters at Oregon homes and businesses with new digital smart meters providing continually updating usage information.
Installations will roll out region by region over the next two years, reaching Clatsop County in April 2019.
“Installing smart meters is a key step toward the power grid of the future here in Oregon and our customers throughout the state all benefit,” Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power, said in a release. “By vastly improving our meter technology, we can deliver power more reliably and shorten outages, save costs, and allow for better management of renewable sources.”
More than 70 million smart meters have been installed nationwide, equivalent to half of the households in the U.S. Smart meters are a key component to updating an aging energy grid, and can make it possible to adjust the flow of energy to meet specific needs, and support both rising technological demands and a clean energy future.
Access to daily energy usage information will be available to customers via a secure website about six weeks after a new meter is installed. The meters instantly track outages, provide forecasts of the next bill and offer alerts to help adjust usage.
“We are connecting our small communities throughout Oregon in a way that improves the reliability and efficiency of the grid, both at home and at work,” Bird said. “With smart meter technology now mature, proven and available at competitive prices, we can deliver the benefits without any additional cost to customers.”