Nacogdoches Co. among first to receive advanced electric meters

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Oncor customers in Nacogdoches County are among the first to receive advanced electric meters. Similar work is underway for Deep East Texas Electric Co-op.

Oncor is in its first week of installing more than 3 million advanced meters throughout its service area.

The Public Utility Commission gave the order. It wants a two-way communications between the utility and meter.

Customers will actually see how much electricity they're using simply by going to their computer.

"The customer will be able to view on line heir usage in 15 minute increments. They'll also be able to get a home monitor so they can see their usage and help them manage their utility bills and know exactly how much they're using on a per day basis," said David Collier, Oncor spokesperson.

That will benefit the customer when the likely next phase of power conservation begins.

"When the customer is using the energy they will be able to possibly offer them rates on off peak times of the day," said Collier.

The Deep East Texas Electric Coop isn't regulated by the P.U.C, but its voluntarily installing 40,000 similar meters.

The exception is customers won't be able to log in, but the company can monitor voltage remotely. This is helpful during high use times or during large outages to pinpoint where power is still out.

"We're proud to offer this energy saving scenario for the customer," said Collier.

The only drawback for Oncor is this latest change out of meters follows a previous one that happened only five years ago. Technology and the orders to follow it change rapidly.

Oncor crews began installations in Nacogdoches less than a week ago. Crews will move to Lufkin in about a month or more.

Right now Deep East Texas Electric Co-op crews are in Southern Panola, northern Shelby, and northeastern Nacogdoches counties.

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