UPA to install 40,000 digital meters for Inland P&L

Utility Partners of America (UPA) says it has been chosen by Inland Power & Light (Inland P&L) to support the installation of nearly 40,000 digital electric meters.

Work is scheduled to begin this month and be completed by the end of 2015, and will see UPA (Greenville, SC, USA) provide complete installation services to the Spokane, Washington-based electric co-operative.

Services will include a Work Order Management System, workflow development, a Customer Information System interface and data and inventory management, while the new meters are intended to provide Inland P&L with diagnostics allowing to improve power quality and pinpoint outages.

UPA also claims the new metering system will deliver considerable cost savings over existing infrastructure for Inland P&L members.

About two thirds of members currently read their own meters and report numbers to the co-operative.

“As the adoption of digital meters continues to rise, utilities and energy cooperatives are looking for ways to expedite the installation process while ensuring customer convenience and safety,” said Lee Schwartz, the chief executive of UPA.

“We are able to support the digital meter installation project by providing a team of highly trained technicians and customer care professionals to manage the entire process,” he added. “This allows Inland P&L to focus on their day-to-day operations, providing low-cost, reliable power [while] thousands of Inland P&L members will be relieved of their monthly self-meter-reading duties.”

Inland P&L provides electricity to about 38,000 commercial, residential and agricultural customers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.