MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) Upper Peninsula Power Company issued a statement Thursday regarding a request it filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission.
UPPCO is seeking to extend its current meter reading practices.
UPPCO currently reads their customers meters on a bimonthly basis.
During the off months, the company uses an estimate of the energy consumed by each customer.
“We do not have an automated meter reading system in place today,” said Brett French, UPPCO Vice President of Business Development and Communications. “Given our current system and considering the size of our service territory, we believe it would add approximately $914,000 to the amount we must bill our customers annually if our meter technicians read all meters every month."
“UPPCO is currently developing a plan to install Smart Meter technology that will increase system reliability, provide significantly improved customer service and eliminate the need to rely on the estimated meter reading values. We hope to share the details of our Smart Meter plan soon.”