Culminating a six-year initiative that began in January 2007 to enhance metering service to its 2.4 million customers, Georgia Power has installed its final digital meter in South Georgia.
Digital meters are able to be read remotely without having to send out meter readers every month. This has allowed Georgia Power to reduce 14 million miles of travel throughout the state by taking nearly 300 vehicles off the road, greatly reducing vehicle emissions. Digital meters also have been instrumental in helping to detect meter tampering to deter electricity theftt.
Metadigm Services, which managed the deployment to replace customers' mechanical meters with digital meters, began in north Georgia working their way around the state to the final installation in Bainbridge, Georgia. An average of 50 to 60 workers have installed more than 2,000 digital meters daily since the project began.
Future services will include "My Energy," which will allow customers to view their energy usage online, as well as access demand-side management programs, power outage notification and innovative rate options.
In the state of Georgia, the 2.4 million meters installed by Georgia Power brings the total number of digital meters installed by gas, water and other electric companies to a total of 6 million. Nationally, just for electric companies, the total number of digital meters installed will surpass 65 million by 2015, according to the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE).