NEW METER SYSTEM ADVANCES PAST PILOT PROGRAM
The installation of a new meter system for Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative (CWEC) has advanced past the pilot program, as new meters are currently being installed throughout the CWEC territory.
Meters for the pilot program began to be installed in December of 2022 when 178 meters around the Iola substation were switched out to the new meters. Work for the pilot program was completed in August.
After all the meters for the pilot program were installed and found to be working properly, new meters began to be installed, expanding outward from the pilot program’s geographical area.
The new meters are required for an updated metering infrastructure (AMI) system CWEC is moving toward, as part of a commitment to provide safe and reliable power to its members.
Allegiant Utility Services is doing the work of swapping out the meters for the project. When arriving at a member’s residence, the person swapping out the meter will knock on the door to let the resident know their current meter will be swapped with a new meter. If nobody answers the door, the meter will be swapped out and a door hanger will be left on the door of the residence, stating what work was done. Electricity will be out only a short amount of time when swapping out a residence meter.
The project of swapping out all the meters in the CWEC territory is estimated to be completed in the spring of next year.