Peco swaps meter makers, moves ahead with installations
By: SGN Staff
Peco Energy announced Tuesday it will resume the smart meter installations it had stopped in August after several meters overheated and two caused fires at homes. Peco did not blame the Sensus meters it had installed for the fires, but said its own internal investigation and independent testing convinced utility officials to resume the installation project with meters from Swiss maker Landis+Gyr (L+G).
The Peco statement said in part: "Following its own internal investigation and additional scientific analysis and testing by independent experts, PECO will resume meter installation work with Landis+Gyr meters. PECO will replace the remaining previously installed 96,000 meters with L+G meters during the next 45 days. The company will then resume its meter installation work with L+G meters. As part of the project, Sensus is PECO's communications network provider."
A Sensus spokesman, quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, said the company was disappointed with the decision and added that the meters are safe. "All of the investigations we've seen have proven the Sensus meter is not a problem," said Randolf Wheatley, VP of corporate marketing for Sensus.
PECO Resumes Meter Installation Work
Company continues support of PA Act 129
PHILADELPHIA (October 9, 2012) â€“ Following its own internal investigation and additional scientific analysis and testing by independent experts, PECO will resume meter installation work with Landis+Gyr (L+G) meters. PECO will replace the remaining previously installed 96,000 meters with L+G meters during the next 45 days. The company will then resume its meter installation work with L+G meters. As part of the project, Sensus is PECOâ€™s communications network provider.
â€œWe have taken unprecedented steps to test our metersâ€, said PECO President and CEO Craig Adams. â€œWe are confident in the results of the scientific testing by independent experts. Based on our work, along with results of extensive independent testing, PECO has selected the Landis+Gyr (L+G) meter for use for our customers. And, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a leading testing and certification company, has conducted safety performance tests using the UL safety requirements for utility meters and found that the L+G meter design we are using is fully compliant with these tests. We will continue to test and monitor our meters to ensure they meet the highest safety standards. Safety is always our top priority.â€
Customers will receive two letters and a telephone call beginning about six weeks prior to receiving a new meter. Customers with any questions or concerns can call 1-855-741-9011.
This project is part of PECOâ€™s continuing support of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Act 129, requiring major utilities state-wide to install new metering technology for customers. The new meters will help PECO provide more information to customers to help them understand how they use energy, and how to save energy and money. The company also will be able to more quickly connect or disconnect service â€“ providing faster, more convenient service for customers and assistance for emergency responders. And, PECO will be able to identify potentially dangerous situations like tampered meters and theft of electricity, detect problems faster â€“ helping the company deploy field forces more effectively â€“ and provide future new products and services to customers.