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[September 12, 2012]
SCE to install smart electric meters in San Joaquin Valley
Sep 12, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Southern California Edison, or SCE, a subsidiary of Edison International, has announced that it will install smart electric meters starting in late September in the San Joaquin Valley as part of the Edison SmartConnect program.
The technology will enable SCE residential and small business customers to take advantage of new energy and cost-saving programs and services in the near future. Edison SmartConnect meters are digital, secure, two-way communicating devices. They are replacing traditional mechanical meters and provide a key step in transforming the electric system to a smart grid, the company said.
Smart meter customers will have access to their daily energy usage data through SCE.com. By signing up to receive email, voicemail or text message alerts, customers can track usage against a monthly budget target of their choice, and reduce bills.
"Over the past several years, we have focused on developing a smart meter program, including extensive testing of our smart meters and associated systems to ensure their quality and performance," said Ken Devore, director of SCE's Edison SmartConnect program. "Smart meters will empower our customers to become better managers of their electricity usage through new tools, programs and services that will help them save energy and money, and help protect the environment." The majority of the meter installations will take place October through December of this year. Communities in the upcoming installation phase include: Armona, California Hot Springs, Camp Nelson, Delano, Ducor, Earlimart, Exeter, Farmersville, Goshen, Hanford, Ivanhoe, Lemon Cove, Lindsay, McFarland, Pixley, Porterville, Springville, Strathmore, Terra Bella, Three Rivers, Tipton, Tulare, Tule River Indian Reservation, Visalia and Woodlake.
Residential customers have the option to choose an Edison SmartConnect meter or a traditional electric meter. Customers who opt out of the program will pay a $75 onetime setup fee and a $10 recurring monthly charge as required by the California Public Utilities Commission. Income-qualified customers pay $10 for the initial setup fee and $5 a month.
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