Facts About Advanced Metering Infrastructure
Intermountain Rural Electric Associationâ€™s board of directors has authorized negotiation of a contract to acquire an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. This AMI will include new meters capable of safe, secure two-way wireless communication with IREA.
AMI will strengthen reliability, improve efficiency and empower our customers.
IREA will be able to read, disconnect and reconnect meters without dispatching field personnel, making our operations more efficient and giving us greater flexibility in scheduling reads and billing periods. AMI will give IREA better data about the state of our distribution system, identifying problem areas so we can better target our maintenance and capital spending for maximum benefit and improving our ability to integrate customer-sited generation resources.Â The AMI network also will be used to automate parts of our distribution system.
AMI will give customers more data, increased flexibility and additional choices in how they manage their energy usage by being able to monitor hourly, daily and monthly usage through an online customer portal. Click here to see the many other customer benefits AMI offers. There will be no additional costs for customers, and no rate increase is anticipated in relation to the AMI.
New meters eventually will be installed at all locations served within IREAâ€™s 5,000-square-mile service territory. Installation of the meters will be done in phases. IREA will notify you before and after your old meter is replaced.
Installation of new meters will be done by both IREA employees and approved contractors managed by IREA.
Our initial deployment of advanced meters is set to begin in late January, and we plan to replace all meters we serve by the end of 2020. We will provide AMI project updates through IREA.coop, social media and the Watts & Volts newsletter that accompanies your monthly bill.
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding AMI can be found here. If you have additional questions or comments about AMI, please contact us via the form below.
If you have any questions or comments regarding Advanced Metering Infrastructure, use the form below to contact IREA.