BEATRICE – Nebraska Public Power District officials will be upgrading electric meters in several smaller southeast Nebraska communities, this month.
The AMI, or Advanced Metering Infrastructure, is being put in place to allow district officials to remotely receive and transmit data back to the district’s headquarters on the total amount of kilowatt hours used by a home, business or industry.
Work on replacing the meters will get underway next Monday in the towns of Barada (BARE-uh-da), Crab Orchard, Lewiston, Shubert, St. Mary, Sterling and Verdon. Customers in those towns will be contacted by NPPD about the planned installations.
The district plans to replace some 43,000 meters in 33 towns this year that are served at the retail level, by NPPD. The project is expected to help reduce operating expenses, pinpoint electric outages faster, leading to a faster response time to restore power.
NPPD says a district employee will be doing the switch-out of the old meters and installation of the new, digital meters. A resident or business owner does not need to be present when the switch occurs, and there will be a short interruption of service.