Peterborough, Canada — (METERING.COM) — December 11, 2008 – Central-eastern Ontario utility Peterborough Distribution is to start its smart meter rollout early in the new year.

The meters are to be installed by Olameter, and the installation, starting in mid-January, is expected to take six months.

There will be no immediate change in the way electricity rates work or how customers are billed, however. Until the system is completely up and running, the company will continue to manually read meters. Only once the system is fully in place will the readings be done remotely.

Under the Ministry of Energy’s plan to build a culture of conservation in Ontario all residential customers and general services customers under 50 kW must have a smart meter by the end of 2010.

Peterborough Distribution, part of the Peterborough Utilities Group, is responsible for the distribution of electricity in Peterborough, Lakefield and Norwood.