OK-SAFE, Inc. – Prepare to be sick: Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) leadership has approved the full AMI (Smart Meter) deployment across their 30,000 sq. mile service territory. This means another 522,000 smart meters are coming to a neighborhood near you.
AMI – “Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is an architecture for automated, two-way communication between a smart utility meter with an IP address and a utility company. The goal of an AMI is to provides utility companies with real-time data about power consumption and allow customers to make informed choices about energy usage based on the price at the time of use. AMI is seen as an important part of any smart grid initiative.”
Below is the message sent from Howard Ground of AEP to OK House members on November 8, 2013:
PSO Plans for Full AMI Deployment
AEP’s executive leadership team has approved full deployment of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program across PSO’s 30,000 square mile service territory. The project is contingent on regulatory approval, which will be filed in January of 2014. The $120 million project is slated to start in late 2014. AMI utilization across PSO will include modern upgrades to PSO’s existing infrastructure including the replacement of 522,000 meters with advanced digital meters over a three year period. The result will mean greater benefits for customers. Potential benefits include:
· Accessible account information – energy use and price information will be accessible by customers via an on-line web portal.
· Enhanced energy management – data available to customers will empower them to more effectively control energy use. In addition, customers will be able to participate in voluntary energy efficiency and demand reduction programs.
· Improved outage restoration – remote connection abilities will enable PSO to detect pocket outages, leading to more efficient response times.
· Enhanced customer service – quicker response to services including remote meter reading and service connections performed within seconds.
The AMI portion of the gridSMART program has already been implemented in Owasso, Sand Springs, Okmulgee, and at the University of Tulsa campus. A total of 31,500 advanced digital meters were installed.
“This program has helped many customers in our pilot areas control their energy usage and has led to greater customer service and increased customer satisfaction,” said Derek Lewellen, manager gridSMART and MRO.
But customers aren’t the only ones benefiting from the cutting-edge technology. There are many benefits to PSO as well including fewer trips made to access customer facilities and more efficient outage restoration.
“We are already planning the implementation phase of the project, which includes working with vendors to ensure a smooth transition,” said Lewellen. “We are excited to expand this program, allowing more customers to benefit from the technology.”
To voice your opposition to this planned deployment you may wish to contact the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
OCC Street Address
2101 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
OCC Mailing Address
P.O. Box 52000
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2000
440 S. Houston Ave., Suite 114
Tulsa, OK 74127
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