SSVEC Meter Information

WHAT KINDS/TYPES OF METERS DOES SSVEC USE?

SSVEC uses Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI) meters.  These meters collect meter readings via the electric lines that provide electricity to your home or structure.

HOW DO THE AMR/AMI METERS WORK?

Our meters are commonly referred to as “power line carriers” (PLC).  These meters measure the amount of electricity going into your home or business and send the readings through the power line to SSVEC, hence the name “power line carrier.”

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AMR AND AMI METERS?

AMR meters work best in rural areas where the distance from the home or business to the substation is long.  AMI meters work best in urban areas where there is a high density of meters.

WHEN AND WHY DID SSVEC DECIDE TO USE AMR/AMI METERS?

During 2000-2002, SSVEC conducted an extensive study of automated meter reading technologies and the accuracy and cost effectiveness to use these types of meters versus the old mechanical meters and manual meter reading.  The results of these studies were clear-cut.  Based on the decreased costs to read the meters, increased efficiency, and system improvements, the SSVEC Board of Directors voted to test the AMR/AMI meters and the testing began in 2002.  Based on the success of the tests, the board voted to install AMR/AMI meters on all SSVEC electric services.

There is a considerable cost savings.   With the installation of the AMR/AMI meters, we have eliminated the manual meter reading process and expenses and assigned those personnel to other areas and duties in the company.  Also, we no longer have the added costs of maintenance and repairs of the meter readers’ vehicles and automated meter readings considerably reduce some of the other “field trips” previously made to manually read mechanical meters.  In short, changing to the AMR/AMI meters assists SSVEC in keeping its rates as low as possible.

In addition, the AMR/AMI meters assist SSVEC in maintaining the quality of power we are providing. Automated meters recognize and alert us to power line quality issues, allowing us to be proactive and repair problems quicker and make needed repairs to small problems before they become larger ones.  In short, these meters make our entire system more reliable and lessen outage times.

ARE THESE METERS LIKE THE ONES WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT THAT ARE BEING USED IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES THAT HAVE CREATED SOME CONTROVERSY?

Absolutely not!!  The meters in California and elsewhere that have created some controversy use a radio frequency and then broadcast those readings to a collector point tower and then to the utility.

DO THE SSVEC AMR/AMI METERS USE RADIOS TO TRANSMIT THE METER READING SIGNAL?

No.  The SSVEC meters use a power line to carry or send readings.

DO THE SSVEC METERS COLLECT ANY INFORMATION ON MY APPLIANCE USAGE?

No.  The SSVEC AMR/AMI meters cannot track or record individual appliance usage.  Instead, our meters only record the whole house total usage just like the old mechanical meters did.

DO THE AMR/AMI METERS COLLECT OR TRANSMIT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION?

No.  The SSVEC AMR/AMI meters do not transmit personally identifiable information over our power lines.

ARE THERE ANY HEALTH ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SSVEC AMI/AMR METERS?

No.  Remember, the SSVEC AMR/AMI meters simply send a reading across the same electric line that provides electricity to your home.

CAN THE AMR/AMI METERS PERFORM LOAD SHAVING OR SHEDDING?

No.  The SSVEC meters do not have the ability to perform load shaving or load shedding.

HOW MANY AMR/AMI METERS HAS SSVEC INSTALLED?

SSVEC has recently completed installing automated meters on all of our members’ electric services.  So, now more than 52,000 cooperative meters are AMR/AMI meters.

DID SSVEC NOTIFY ITS MEMBERS OF THE SWITCH FROM MECHANICAL METERS TO THE NEW AMR/AMI METERS?

Yes.  SSVEC mailed letters to all our members following the successful testing of the automated meter reading project. Again, based on the decreased costs, increased efficiency and system improvements, SSVEC wanted to inform members of the results, and that we would be changing out over the next several years its old mechanical meters for the new AMR/AMI power line carrier meters.  This letter can be found below.

In addition, prior to actual change-out of the meters per area, SSVEC sent another letter to our members.  This letter can also be found below.