In the past, a meter reader would visit your yard, home, or business every month to read the power meter and provide us with your total electricity consumption. With the advanced metering system, we'll no longer need to access your property to read your power meter — your usage information will be transmitted to us remotely instead. However, a meter reader may still need to access your home to read your water meter and for occasional maintenance and safety inspections.
The advanced meter at your location will encrypt your usage information and send it to us in just seconds every day. The only information contained within the meter is the unique transmitter code and electricity usage for that meter.
The advanced meters transmit this usage data to our Meter Data Management System over the 900 MHz Industrial and Scientific Measurement (ISM) band. We will then validate the meter reads and send your usage information to your chosen electricity retailer every month like we do now.