Utility Partners of America (UPA) which helps utilities install and upgrade water, gas and electric meters embedded with time and money-saving technology, has announced it is installing nearly 40,000 digital electric meters on behalf of Spokane, Washington-based Inland Power & Light Company (Inland P&L). The project will start in late January 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
UPA is providing complete installation services including a Work Order Management System (WOMS), workflow development, a Customer Information System (CIS) interface and data and inventory management.
The new digital meters offer features that will allow Inland P&L members to better understand their electrical consumption and make more informed decisions regarding usage. The meters will also provide Inland P&L with important diagnostics that will help improve power quality, increase ways to optimize the electrical system and pinpoint outages.
The new metering system will also produce significant savings and convenience to Inland P&L members over the cost of the current meter system by reducing meter reading expenses and eliminating the need for self-reporting. About two-thirds of the members currently read their own meters and report the numbers to the co-op.