Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 27, 2008 – Georgia Power, a Southern Company, began the deployment of smart meters in January 2008, with a view to installing 400,000 meters by the end of the year. They are read remotely through communication towers, and offer benefits to both the utility and its customers.
The meters are being installed free of charge, and Georgia Power expects that the detailed energy usage information and rate options that will be available to customers will allow them to better manage energy use, and thus become more energy efficient. Other benefits include a reduction in the time needed to handle service orders, such as starting or stopping power; improved management of power restoration after outages; availability of energy usage information online; and reduced energy theft.
Customer response to the new meters has been uniformly favorable. Georgia Power hopes to have smart meters rolled out throughout its service territory by 2012.