Jack Partridge,
President,
Columbia Gas of Ohio
 
Columbus, OH, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 13, 2009 – Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced a statewide upgrade of the company’s residential and commercial natural gas meters.

Beginning this month, Columbia will kick off a program to install automated meter reading (AMR) devices on most of its customers’ natural gas meters. The AMR will enable the company to perform monthly meter readings.

The project is expected to take five years, beginning in northwest Ohio and then moving into other areas of the state. The majority of the work will be performed by a Columbia Gas contractor, which will supplement its workforce through local hiring.

Installation of this new technology was authorized by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of Columbia’s recently approved base rate case.

“The statewide installation of AMR will be a tremendous benefit to our customers,” said Columbia president Jack Partridge. “This technology will eliminate estimated bills and meter access issues, two of the concerns we hear most frequently from our customers. And it will create jobs in Ohio.”

Columbia Gas of Ohio is one of the nine energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc., and serves approximately 1.4 million customers in 60 of Ohio’s 88 counties.