Southern California Edison begins installing smart meters in Antelope Valley, surrounding areas to prep for smart grid conversion; installations to continue through 2012, will total nearly 5 million customers
November 22, 2011
– Southern California Edison (SCE) has started installing smart electric meters in the Antelope Valley and surrounding communities as part of the Edison SmartConnect program. The technology will enable SCE residential and small-business customers to take advantage of new programs and services in the near future.
Communities in the upcoming installation phase include Acton, Frazier Park, Gorman, Lake Hughes, Lake Los Angeles, Lancaster, Lebec, Leona Valley, Littlerock, Llano, Mojave, Palmdale, Pearblossom, Pine Mountain Club, Quartz Hill, Rosamond, Valyermo and small cross-sections of Green Valley and Juniper Hills.
Edison SmartConnect meters are digital, secure, two-way communicating devices. They are replacing traditional mechanical meters, and provide a key step in transforming the electric system to a smart grid. Customers with smart meters will have access to their daily energy usage data through SCE.com. By signing up to receive e-mail, voice or text message alerts, customers can track usage against a monthly budget target of their choice, and reduce monthly bills.
Earlier this year, SCE began introducing programs and services that enable customers to make better-informed decisions about energy use. Antelope Valley communities will get access to the same smart meter-enabled programs and services in the months following installations.
“Over the past several years, we have focused on developing an industry-leading smart meter program, including extensive testing of our smart meters and associated systems to ensure their quality and performance,” said Ken Devore, director of SCE’s Edison SmartConnect program. “Smart meters will empower our customers to become better managers of their electricity usage through new tools, programs and services that will help them save energy and money, and help protect the environment.”
Once advanced features are fully activated in coming years, SCE’s smart meters will be able to communicate with the next generation of smart thermostats, appliances and other devices.
The first smart meter in the Edison SmartConnect program was installed in September 2009 in Downey. Installations will continue through 2012 to a total of nearly 5 million SCE residential and small-business customers in the utility’s 50,000-square-mile service territory. To date, SCE has installed more than 3.5 million smart meters.
SCE is partnering with Corix Utilities Inc. to perform most of the installations. Here is some important information for customers receiving the new meters:
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.