PANHANDLE, Neb. - (KNEP) - Ten Panhandle cities will receive upgraded electric meters at residences and businesses thanks to Nebraska Public Power District.
As part of a three-year program to replace 24,500 customer meters, NPPD will make the upgrades in Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Morrill, Gering, Terrytown, Melbeta, Minatare, Bayard and Bridgeport.
The installation of the two-way communication known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure will begin Monday October, 14th. Now, residents will not need to be home for NPPD to do the job, but they will call ahead to let everyone know they will stop by.
These digital meters will receive and securely transmit the data back to NPPD on the total amount of kilowatt hours used by a residence, business or industry. The installation will help maintain competitive electric rates for customers and reduce operating expenses.
NPPD Retail General Manager Tim Arlt noted retail customers haven’t seen a rate increase in the past six years.
The new equipment cannot control any appliances or electronics inside the residence or business. But will help pinpoint the exact location of outages quicker and create faster response times.