There is no direct charge for this or other utility system upgrades. Meters, like other equipment upgrades made to the utility system, are already included in AMP’s capital expenses.
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A smart meter, like your old meter, registers how much electricity you use. The main difference is that it will send your consumption information wirelessly back to Alameda Municipal Power's (AMP) service center, eliminating the need for someone to visit your home or business to collect the meter reading. The smart meters are able to collect more usage information than the old meters, allowing you to see how you use electricity daily or hourly.
Because they are digital, smart meters are often more accurate than mechanical meters, which tend to degrade and slow down as they age. Smart meters are subjected to strict design standards when they are manufactured, and Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) tests meters on a random basis both before and after installation to confirm accurate operation.
A smart meter fits into the existing size and shape of the meter base currently at your location. Meter location cannot be changed.
AMP is recycling all the meters that are being exchanged.
If your home or business has a solar/net energy metering system, your electric meter will be replaced with a smart meter. It will not affect your compensation.