Delmarva Power Launches ‘Smart’ Meter Deployment in Delaware
Monday, November 23, 2009
Installations Begin This Month, Run Through 2010
NEWARK , Del. – Delmarva Power begins full deployment today of advanced digital electric meters and gas modules, upgrading them to “smart” meters, throughout its Delaware service territory. The yearlong effort is part of the utility’s long-term investment to build a smart power grid by improving communications between the meter, the customer and the power company.
The installations of the advanced digital electric meters begins in the Millsboro and Lewes areas and from there, the installations will move north, covering the company’s 300,000 electric customers and 122,000 natural gas customers in the state, company officials said. Electric meters will be replaced and gas meters will be retrofitted with a special gas module.
“The smart meter is only the beginning, yet it is critical to the end goal, which is to transform today’s aging power grid to one that is more flexible, efficient and reliable,” said Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Power Region. “Ultimately, customers will see benefits, such as quicker service restoration, fewer estimated bills and more options for reducing their energy use to save money and help the environment.”
While Delmarva Power’s Delaware customers will begin to see the new meters arrive this fall, Stockbridge said it will take some time to fully integrate them to a point where customers realize all the benefits.
Customers will receive both a letter and fact sheet from the utility which, among other things, introduces them to the contractor, Scope Services Inc., who will perform the electric and gas meter equipment upgrades. The smart meter installations will continue through December 2010.
In September 2008 the Delaware Public Service Commission authorized a cost recovery and investment return plan for Delmarva Power’s smart meter program. Smart meters are a critical component of the company’s Blueprint for the Future which supports the nationwide effort to partner with customers for energy efficiency and a global reduction in carbon emissions.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .