Penelec says it plans to start rolling out smart electric meters in September in the Altoona area. The installation of the new so-called “smart meters” is part of the Energy Efficiency Conservation Law, signed into law by then Governor Ed Rendell back in 2008. The law requires any electricity distribution company with more than 100,000 customers to install the smart meters for all customers by 2023. Smart meters will be able to provide both customers and the utility, information about usage, and they will also help with outage restoration. The utility can send a message to the meter to see if it is in service or not. Smart meter installation takes only a couple of minutes, and you don’t even have to be home for installation, although there will be a brief interruption in service. Eventually, meter readers will no longer be needed, but the utility says they are working with the union, and are providing training so the current meter readers can move into other positions. They will not be eliminating jobs.

Source: Local News