Advanced metering program expands


We LogoAtlanta, GA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 3, 2007 – We Energies, a subsidiary of  Wisconsin Energy Corporation, has signed a 15-year expansion contract that will see over 1.5 million customers connected to its fixed network advanced metering system. The contract is with Cellnet, a provider of intelligent communication and automation solutions to energy and water businesses worldwide.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cellnet and We Energies will expand the fixed-network advanced metering program with the addition of 201,000 new electric and gas customers, as well as approximately 4,000 new commercial gas customers. The contract represents the fourth system expansion since the program started in 2001.

We Energies is one of the largest United States providers of on-demand, advanced metering services to its customers. Upon installation of the latest expansion, We Energies’ fixed-network advanced metering program with Cellnet will cover over 1,530,000 electric and gas customers throughout its service territory. During 2006, Cellnet and We Energies installed an average of over 23,000 new electric and gas customers a month under the program. 

We Energies vice president of customer service Joan Shafer remarked, “Our smart metering program is an important component of our long-term strategy to continually improve the services and information we provide our customers.” In October 2006 Chartwell awarded We Energies its Best Practice Award for utility customer service in recognition of We Energies’ ‘We Care Program’.