The cooperative’s computer system will communicate with the meters through routers and collectors installed throughout the system. The meter reading is sent back to the co-op via secure radio frequency.
Your meter records an electronic kilowatt hour (kWh) reading, the date and time of energy usage, the overall peak demand of the electric account, if the meter has rotated backwards, and the number of times the meter has experience a loss of power for any reason. In fact, the meter will record the date and time of light blinks and the length of the power outage.
The RF and AMI technologies provide Woodruff Electric and its members with numerous benefits:
- Pinpoint the exact location of outages more quickly, meaning a faster response time.
- Collect hourly and daily meter readings to help members better understand their power consumption patterns.
- Collect voltage and other data across the system to better monitor power quality and systems inefficiencies.
- Advanced system features that will allow for more trouble-shooting options for co-op employees from the office, increasing efficiency.