The City has initiated a program to replace its older electric meters over the next several months. All of the City's electric customers have electronic meters, some of which were installed in the 2003-04 timeframe. While these older electric meters are still functioning properly, they are reaching the end of their expected life. Completing the changeouts of the older meters will affect approximately 350 electric customers.
The electronic meters have significantly increased the operational efficiency of meter reading. In the past, the older dial-type meters required that a field worker physically inspect each meter once a month to manually record the consumption readings. The electronic meters are able to be read remotely at the street, making it unnecessary for staff to enter the customer's property to access the electric meter panel. Another advantage of the remote reading technology is fewer meter reading errors.
Replacing the old electric meter takes about five minutes and requires a brief power outage. During the changeout, electric staff inspects the meter panel for damage and replaces the meter seal. City staff will strive to minimize any inconvenience during the meter changeout process.
If you have any questions about the City's meter change out program, please call the Electric Utility Department at (352) 735-7151, Option 4.