New meters are coming to your neighborhood
ECE is installing new meters in our service area. The new meters will improve reliablility and give you more tools and opportunities to manage and save energy.
Here's a quick overview:
WHY IS ECE INSTALLING NEW METERS?
ECE is installing new meters to enhance efficiency, improve reliability and help keep future costs down for members and the cooperative.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The new meters will help pinpoint the location of outages for all members and provide better tracking of momentary outages, helping ECE to quickly restore power and to address power concerns.
Faster data collection from the meters will help the co-op provide more timely information to members about their account.
HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST?
There wil be no additional per member cost for the new meter. With any electric distribu- tion system, the cost to maintain and upgrade the system is ongoing. Based on our four-year construction work plan, we budget to perform maintenance and upgrades to our system so you have access to safe, reliable electricity. Those upgrades include meter installation and replacement.
WHEN WILL I GET MY NEW METER?
Meter installers will begin installing the new meters in the fall of 2015. Initially, they will be working in the Pine City, Rush City, Braham, Cambridge and Milaca areas.
WILL YOU NOTIFY ME WHEN MY METER IS GOING TO BE INSTALLED?
Yes, an ECE representative will knock at your door in an attempt to notify you before the install.
WILL MY SERVICE BE INTERRUPTED WHILE YOU INSTALL THE NEW METER?
Yes, there will be a brief interruption of service while the new meter is installed.
WILL THE NEW METER AUTOMATICALLY NOTIFY ECE ABOUT A POWER OUTAGE, OR SHOULD I STILL CALL?
The new meters are designed to alert ECE about outages, but members should continue to contact ECE to report an outage and any immediate hazards.
Download a printer-friendly New Meter FAQ sheet.
Please call 1-800-254-7944 if you have additional questions about advanced meters.