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Atlantic City Electric rolls out half a million smart meters
- August 9, 2022
- Steve Rogerson
Atlantic City Electric will next month start the broad installation of smart meters for its nearly 565,000 customers in southern New Jersey.
The installation will start in September and continuing until 2024.
These upgrades are a key element of Atlantic City Electric’s Smart Energy Network, the company’s efforts to create smarter and more resilient energy infrastructure while providing new tools for an enhanced customer experience.
“We’re extremely excited about our smart meter installation and the benefits that the Smart Energy Network will provide for our customers,” said Morlon Bell-Izzard, senior vice president for Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric. “Once the network is fully operational, customers will have greater control over their energy use so they can make more informed decisions about how they manage their energy expenses. Customers also will enjoy enhanced reliability and, when a power outage does occur, we will have the data necessary to restore power quicker than ever before.”
There is no upfront cost to customers for their smart meters. Similar to other energy services and investments that Atlantic City Electric makes in the local energy grid, the cost associated with implementation of the full Smart Energy Network will be spread across the company’s customer base over a period of many years to achieve the reliability, resiliency and efficiency benefits while maintaining affordability for its customers.
Upgraded smart meters come with advantages for customers including enhanced reliability, more timely and accurate information during outages, and tools to further benefit residents. The smart meters can provide:
- Enhanced reliability with faster and more efficient power restoration efforts.
- More detailed information when outages occur.
- Tools that can help customers use energy more efficiently and save money.
- Reduced need for estimated billing.
- Better integration of clean energy technologies, such as solar.
The smart meters, which are the same size and shape as existing analogue meters, will also connect users to a variety of clean energy choices, including installing solar energy, participating in energy efficiency programmes and accessing charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Customers will receive several continuous communications prior to their smart meter upgrade that will provide additional information about the upgrade process and the benefits that smart meters and the Smart Energy Network can provide.
The project also is also helping drive the South Jersey economy by supporting local and diverse companies, with more than $27m going to local companies who are supporting the company’s smart meter installation.
The transition to smart meters also plays a role in Atlantic City Electric’s existing workforce development programmes. The project creates jobs for field technicians and support personnel that the utility has worked to bring to south New Jersey communities since 2018, when it joined a consortium of workforce development boards and vocational schools in a six-year, $6.5m education programme to fill energy roles.