Village of Rantoul in the US enters second phase of AMI rollout

In the US state of Illinois, the village of Rantoul is close to completing the installation of smart meters for its electricity customers.

Since the village’s public works department launched its automated meter reading programme in the first quarter of 2017, only electric consumers have had smart meters installed.

To date, 5,600 of the village’s 5,800 electricity consumers have been equipped with the automated meters.

The second phase will include the replacement of some 5,336 existing analogue water meters with automated meters. The village’s public works department has installed some 200 automated water meters since the first week of July.

The third phase will cover gas consumers.

The installation of the automated gas, water and electric meters falls under efforts by Rantoul village to modernise its utilities’ infrastructure and operations.

According to Greg Hazel, director of public works at Rantoul village, the smart meters will help the village improve the safety and reliability of gas, electric and water distribution systems for both the utility and consumer.

The automated meters will remotely communicate consumer water, gas and electricity usage data to the village’s billing office for processing and delivery of monthly bills.

The system will reduce errors associated with human errors during the billing process hence consumers will be accurately billed.

The programme will help Rantoul village reduce operational costs for its utility departments. The smart water meters installed so far, have helped the village’s utility division to quickly identify water leaks and enabled timely service restoration.

Advanced and automated meter reading

Meanwhile, San Diego, a city in the US state of California has plans to install some 85,000 smart water meters following a successful pilot which included the installation of 11,500 smart meter units.

According to the San Diego Tribune, the city plans to equip all its water consumers with the new technology by 2020.

The installation of the 85,000 smart water meters will be followed by a phase which will include some remaining 185,000 consumers being equipped with the new water meters.

In addition, water consumers will be equipped with a mobile application ‘mywatereasy’ which they can use to monitor their water usage and pay bills online using mobile devices.

The smart water meters programme is expected to help consumer improve their water efficiency through access to real-time water usage data they can use to identify how they can improve their usage behaviours. [Jefferson Public Utilities to purchase 19,000 Itron smart meters].


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.